MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Saturday marks one year since 16-year-old Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death in a hallway at Jonathan Law High School. Thousands came together to mark the anniversary with a number of events in her honor.
“She was an amazing person inside and out,” said Jonathan Law High School senior Charles Knights. “She was beautiful. She cared about everyone, not just herself.”
“Peace, Love and Music from Maren” was held at the school Saturday in remembrance of the life lost.
“She touched your life, you left happier,” said Jonathan Law High School Principal Francis Thompson. “Today, my hope and prayer for this day, Peace Love and Music from Maren, is that When you leave here, you’ll leave happier.”
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The day began with about 700 people tackling a 5K fun run at 9:30 a.m. Kickball followed, but most importantly music, one of Sanchez’s passions, filled Milford.
“I think it’s very important to keep her memory alive because it’s good just to know the background and to prevent things like this from happening again, but still keep her memory with us,” said eighth-grader Daisy Green.
Everyone decked out in purple, the teen’s favorite color.
“Last year it was really tough with her passing, but this time around we just want to celebrate her life because that’s what she would want us to do,” Knights said.
All the money from Saturday’s event goes towards the Maren Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund to make sure her memory lives on.