MILFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Hundreds of family, friends and community members lined up Thursday to give their final goodbyes to Maren Sanchez, the popular 16-year-old Jonathan Law High School junior who was stabbed to death last Friday in a hallway of the school.
“People who didn’t know the family .. they’re just pouring out,” said family friend Renee Forgette.
The wake was held from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home near the Milford Town Green.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, classmates and others paid tribute Monday to Sanchez, saying she lived a remarkable life and imploring others to learn from her example.
Sanchez was a member of the National Honor Society who was active in drama and other school activities
Christopher Plaskon, a 16-year-old charged in the fatal stabbing, is due Friday in Milford Superior Court.
Police say the suspect admitted to the slaying, telling a school resource officer who encountered him after the stabbing: “I did it. Arrest me.” Some classmates say Sanchez turned down Plaskon’s invitation to prom.
Plaskon’s family said Tuesday it joins the community in mourning the loss of life as it struggles to understand what led to the crime.
A private funeral for Sanchez will be held Friday.
News 8′s Stephanie Simoni contributed to this report