Is 16-year-old Maren Sanchez dead because she turned down a fellow junior's prom invitation? There are early reports indicating that the teenage girl was murdered by an ex-boyfriend for this bizarre and upsetting reason.
An unnamed 16-year-old boy is being held for her murder. The teen allegedly stabbed Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn. on Friday. The knife used in the fatal attack is reported to have been recovered at the scene.
Milford Police Chief Keith Mello shared with the press that Sanchez received severe wounds to the head and neck area and was later pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital just after 7:15 am.
Only a month before her death, Sanchez had shared a photo of herself in a prom dress. Sadly, she will not get the chance to wear it to the event.
The attack occurred on the day of the school prom, which has since been postponed.
this girl wouldve worn this to prom except she was stabbed to death by the boy she rejected... wtf is this world pic.twitter.com/UKo8QzN88e
— gabby (@howlovelyindeed) April 27, 2014
Investigators are looking into early reports as to a possible motive for the killing. Students and teachers apparently believe that the suspect had asked the victim to the prom and was turned down.
Some are claiming that Sanchez’s murder was a direct response to having a prom invitation rejected.
Though the suspect, whose identity has been withheld because of his age, was charged as a juvenile offender, it is very likely he will be tried as an adult.
The teen suspect’s defense attorney stated that his client is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Despite being examined in a mental health facility, the teen reportedly remains in police custody.
prayers go to the family of the girl who got stabbed by her ex for rejecting him to prom.. #RIPMaren
— Jacqueline ✨ (@jxgxoxo) April 26, 2014
If your first reaction to "girl stabbed for refusing prom invite" story is "guess we should ban knives, huh?" You are a monster and idiot.
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) April 25, 2014
According to Edward Gavin, one of the suspect’s defense lawyers, he could remain at the facility for a period of about two weeks.
The deceased Maren Sanchez was the president of the junior class, an honors student, and said to have been a popular school athlete.
The family of the suspect reportedly expressed “heartfelt condolences” to the family of the victim according to Gavin.
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