News

Connecticut teen killed in apparent prom dispute

Connecticut teen killed in apparent prom dispute

FATAL STABBING: Police guard the front of Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut April 25. Photo: Reuters

By Richard Weizel

MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) – A 16-year-old girl was killed on Friday in an attack inside a Connecticut high school and authorities were investigating reports she was stabbed by a fellow student after rejecting his invitation to the prom, police said.

The victim, Maren Sanchez, a junior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the 7 a.m. attack, Milford Police Chief Keith Mello told a news conference.

Mello said she was stabbed by a 16-year-old male, who is now in custody. Police have not released his identity, but said he is likely to be arraigned later on Friday.

“There was blood on her neck. It was awful,” said 16-year-old Sam Garcia, a junior at the school, as he walked home after officials closed the school in the morning. “I saw the girl lying on the stretcher when they took her out.”

The incident took place on the morning of the junior prom, which was set to begin at 7 p.m. at a banquet hall in nearby Stratford. Because of the incident, the prom will be rescheduled, school officials announced.

Police were investigating reports from students that the girl had turned down the boy’s invitation to the prom.

Mello, the police chief, declined to confirm reports that a knife was used in the attack.

Elizabeth Feser, the city’s schools superintendent, said Sanchez was a student athlete and a member of the National Honor Society, an organization that recognizes high-achievers.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this very talented, energetic and popular young student,” Feser, who appeared to be on the verge of tears, told the news conference.

The school is in a seaside suburb on Long Island Sound about 11 miles southwest of New Haven.

The attack took place about two weeks after a student went on a stabbing spree a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, high school, injuring 22 people.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jonathan Allen; Editing by Gunna Dickson)

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Wilson, Seahawks close in on NFC West title

Fresh
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass as Marshawn Lynch (24) blocks against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.

The streaking Seahawks closed in on another NFC West title with a 35-6 romp over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

in Local Sports

Washington St beats San Jose St

Washington State guard Que Johnson (32) attempts 3-point shot against Idaho State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 80-68.

Josh Hawkinson scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Sunday as Washington State defeated short-handed San Jose State 82-53.

in Sports

Documents: QB Winston cleared in conduct hearing

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared of the allegations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing this month.

in Sports

NFL playoffs rounding into shape & week 16 scoreboard

Updated
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) takes the hand off from quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

All the scores from week 16 in the NFL.

in Local Sports

Blazers finish off Outlaws

bellingham blazers logo with text

The Bellingham Blazers finish off the Tri-City Outlaws 8-2 in Saturday night.