The family of Maren Sanchez, the 16-year-old Milford student stabbed to death at school, has released a touching statement thanking community members for their kindness and support as they come to grips with the loss of their loved one.
“Our hearts are forever broken by the loss of our Maren. The outpouring of compassion, support, and love from the community she touched during her life and in her passing has moved us deeply and has offered our family great comfort and solace during this difficult time,” the statement begins.
It continues as follows:
“We wish to thank each and every one of you for your time, effort, resources, comfort and other support.
“To the students, parents, staff and faculty of Jonathan Law High School and the Milford Board of Education, the Milford Police Department, the Fairfield Police Department, State of Connecticut and Town of Milford officials, the Cody-White Funeral Home, and the Knights of Columbus of Milford, we are grateful. To the countless other businesses and individuals, who donated their time and resources, and every person, many completely unknown to us, who have reached out to offer their comfort and other support to us, we thank you all. We wish that we could thank each of you individually.
“Thank you also for your continued respect of our privacy. We ask that you keep us in your prayers during this time as we continue to mourn our loss.”
Sanchez died after she was stabbed in a school stairwell April 25. Her wake was held May 2, one week after she died.
Her alleged attacker, a classmate, underwent an emergency medical commitment at a local facility and made his first court appearance yesterday. He’s charged with murder.
This weekend, Jonathan Law students remember Sanchez with a drama club performance of “Little Shop of Horrors,” in which she had a major role.
A memorial fund has been created to start a scholarship in Sanchez’ honor.