Thousands attend vigil at Jonathan Law High School in Milford for slain student Maren Sanchez

Maren Sanchez was killed at the school last Friday.

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MILFORD - Thousands of people attended a vigil Monday night in Milford for Maren Sanchez, the student who was killed at Jonathan Law High School last Friday.

Many people at the vigil wore purple, Sanchez's favorite color, and carried purple flowers. Gov. Dannel Malloy was among the attendees.

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Sanchez was involved in the school's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" and her drama teacher says the play will be performed in her memory.

Police say Sanchez, 16, was pushed down a stairwell and stabbed with a knife in the neck and torso by a male classmate. Students say the suspect attacked Sanchez after she declined his invitation to the junior prom, which was to be held that night, but was postponed after the attack. Police say they're investigating the prom angle.

Police have declined to identify the suspect, but he has been identified in media reports as 16-year-old Chris Plaskon, a junior at the school.

The junior prom has not been rescheduled yet, but the Autumn Rose Florist in Milford says that when it is, it will give out free corsages and boutonnieres made with purple flowers in honor of Sanchez.

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A wake for Sanchez will be held Thursday at the Cody-White Funeral Home on Broad Street in Milford. The wake will be open to the public and will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No funeral service is planned, but a memorial fund has been set up in her name.

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