MILFORD - The family of Christopher Plaskon, who is accused of murdering fellow Jonathan Law High School student Maren Sanchez, released a lengthy statement today to the victim's family and the community at large.

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The Plaskon family begins by saying, "Words can only fall short in conveying the depth and breadth of the raw sadness we are left with by this unimaginable tragedy. Our hearts are forever broken as we, like you, struggle to understand."

In the statement, the Plaskons then speak to the victim's family directly, saying, "To the Sanchez family, our deepest sympathies. Please know that you are now, and forever, in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers. We join with the entire Milford community to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of this most vibrant and exceptional young woman."