Family of Stabbing Suspect Chris Plaskon Releases Statement on Death of Milford Teen

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    Chris Plaskon is accused of fatally stabbing 16-year-old Maren Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School on Friday morning. He's shown here in last year's high school yearbook.

    The family of a teen accused of stabbing and killing a classmate in the stairwell of Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Friday has released a public statement, expressing sympathies to the victim's family.

    Chris Plaskon, 16, is accused of fatally stabbing classmate Maren Sanchez in the hallway of the Connecticut school on Friday. In a statement, Plaskon's family said "words can only fall short in conveying the depth and breadth of the raw sadness we are left with by this unimaginable tragedy."

    "In prayer we ask for comfort for the Sanchez family and all of us so deeply affected by this tragedy," the statement reads. "We pray for the wisdom to guide us as we desperately try to pull together the shattered pieces of our families. And finally, we pray that time may soften our wounds and reveal forgiveness in the hearts of all.”

    The lawyer representing the suspect has said his client will be tried as an adult.

    The statement was first published on the Milford Now Web site and Plaskon's attorney confirmed that the message, posted in full below, is from the family.

    “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.

    "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.

    "To our extended family, friends and neighbors and all who have reached out to us in our darkest hour with warmth, kindness, understanding and compassion, you cannot know how much it has meant to us. Thank you.

    "In prayer we ask for comfort for the Sanchez family and all of us so deeply affected by this tragedy. We pray for the wisdom to guide us as we desperately try to pull together the shattered pieces of our families. And finally, we pray that time may soften our wounds and reveal forgiveness in the hearts of all.”

    Police have not revealed a motive for the attack, but have said they are investigating whether it was connected to the school's junior prom, which was scheduled to take place Friday night. Plaskon did not appear at his arraignment on Monday. He underwent an emergency commitment to a medical facility, where he's under psychological evaluation, according to his attorney, Richard Meehan.