Garden Honors Milford Teen


MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)- A garden now sits adjacent to Jonathan Law High School to honor Maren Sanchez, 16, who died in the school hallways after police say her fellow classmate stabbed her.

On Wednesday the high school held a short dedication ceremony for the garden. It opened with one of Sanchez’s favorite things, music. Her friend, Law High School senior Rachel Escobar, sang.

“Moths and doves symbolize her to me,” said Escobar. “She’s with me and when I was singing I actually saw a bird fly above me. So, it is hard to do , but I knew that she was with me.”

Principal Fran Thompson said the community support has been overwhelming. Thompson said everything in the garden was donated, including the benches, plaques, and flowers. Also, the glass heart sculpture with dangling wind chimes was gift.

“Maren was the manager of the softball team, among 100 other things that she did,” said Thompson. “So, for it to be overlooking the ball fields, especially in the spring when everything comes back. All of the flowers are perennials, so it will just be a beautiful spot for everyone.”

Thompson spoke to Maren’s mother who was in attendance and acknowledged her strength during these last six months. He said it’s been difficult for the high school as well but the constant outpouring of support helps them heal.

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