Video: Milford chief talks about student death

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Here’s the full news conference by Milford Police Chief Keith Mello and Milford Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Feser about the death of Maren Sanchez, a junior at Jonathan Law High School. Portions of the comments are transcribed below.

Chief Keith Mello: “This morning at approximately 7:15 a.m. at Jonathan Law School… there was an altercation between two students, where a male student, 16-year-old male student, assaulted a 16-year-old female student. The assault occurred in a hallway adjacent to a stairwell. A member of the school staff witnessed a portion of the assault, and she along with other members of the school staff, discovered the victim to have life-threatening injuries.

“Members of the school staff performed life saving measures on the student. EMS was notified and they responded. They too attempted to perform life-saving measures upon the student. The student was transported to Bridgeport Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:43 this morning.”

Chief Mello: “As we speak, Jonathan Law High School is an active crime scene. We have investigators conducting a forensic examination of the scene and collecting evidence. I asked the superintendent of schools to dismiss the students to allow us to process that scene uninterrupted.”

Chief Mello: “As we speak our investigators are conducting a large number of interviews and looking at other measures as well to determine not just why this happened but how it happened.”

Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Feser: “We are obviously devastated by the loss of one of our students, Maran Sanchez. She was a 16-year-old Junior. Vibrant. very very involved in Jonathan Law High School. An incredible contributor. Someone who was loved and respected by both her peers and students. The Jonathan Law community mourns greatly the loss of Maren and our thougths and prayers go out to her family.”

Chief Mello (asked about the death being related to the prom): “We’ve heard those stories or that information. Whether or not that’s rumor or whether that’s fact we dont know, so I think it’s important that no one here and no one out here speculate on these rumors. Those are things we are looking into. We hope to have a better answer later on….”

Chief Mello: “This is someting that everybody wants to get to the bottom of, find out why it happened, and how it happened, and what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Chief Mello (asked about whether it was a knife attack): “I don’t want to comment, confirm that that happened, only because it is too raw right now. There were some severe injuries that were visible around the neck area. Beyond that it’s up to the OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) to conduct a death investigation into manner and cause of death. So until that happens, until that’s released, I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment.”

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