MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Classes are cancelled today at Milford’s Jonathan Law high School after the death of Maren Sanchez. It is now being determined if the juvenile suspect should be moved to adult court. Sanchez was stabbed to death Friday just as the school day was getting started. 16-year-old Chris Plaskon has been named as the suspect and is facing murder charges.
Plaskon is currently in juvenile court but could be moved to adult court if charges are changed. His attorney says a detention hearing was scheduled in juvenile court today but they have waived that hearing. That means the Plaskon family won’t be fighting the state’s rights to hold Chris. The attorney also said Plaskon is undergoing psychological evaluation. Jonathan Law High School teacher/ coach Mark Robinson told Good Morning America, “I have known his family for over ten years. I had his older brothers in football. As far as the boy goes, was there ever any evidence that this could happen? Absolutely not.” There have been some reports that Plaskon was battling depression or some kind of mental illness. Details on Maren’s funeral arrangements are being handled by Cody-White Funeral Home. Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. to 7 pm.. May 1, at the funeral home at 107 Broad St.
Police are still trying to figure out if the attack happened because Sanchez turned down a prom invitation. Even though classes aren’t in session today the school will be open from noon until 5 p.m. for any students or parents who need counseling. Sporting events will go on as scheduled today. There there will be a vigil held on the football field tonight at 7 o’clock. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a candle. Among those planning to attend is Gov. Dannel Malloy. The Maren Sanchez Memorial Fund has been set up in honor of the young student and for all the people whose lives she touched. If you’d like to donate directly to the family there are several ways you can do it. Online you can go to Facebook and “like” the page ‘Maren Sanchez – In Our Hearts‘. You can also visit GoFundMe.com to make a donation. Donations can also be sent through the mail to:
The Maren Sanchez Memorial Trust
Victoria J. Koch, Esq. Trustee
325 Reef Road, Suite 200
Fairfield, CT 06824
Sanchez was an active member of her school’s drama club. To honor her, this year’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” will go on as scheduled, according to Milford Patch. To remember Maren, the school has recreated the poster for the show. It will be held this weekend, May 2nd at 7 p.m., and may 3rd at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.