Hundreds turned out on Thursday to pay respects to Maren Sanchez, who was stabbed to death at Jonathan Law High School in Milford last Friday.
Family, friends and complete strangers began lining up outside the Cody-White Funeral Home on North Broad Street an hour before a wake for Sanchez was set to begin.
"She was the greatest person I ever met," said David Kristy, a family friend.
He said the past week has been a difficult time for Maren’s friends and family.
"Any tragedy like this, it’s going to be in our hearts," said Kristy.
The 16-year-old was stabbed inside the high school by a classmate on April 25. Christopher Plaskon, 16, has been charged with murder and is being held at a psychiatric facility. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.
It has been a difficult week for the entire Milford community. Those who know the family said Maren's parents have been touched by the outpouring of support.
"It’s touched everybody. How could it not? Even people who didn’t know the family, they’re just pouring out support," said Renee Forgette, a friend of Maren's mother, Donna.
Even those who didn’t know Maren or her family personally, felt the need to be there.
"This is very painful, very sad, and deep trauma to us," said Ismael Tarkhan, a Milford doctor.
Therapy dogs walked along the line of people, offering a furry friend to those who needed it.
"It’s just a little difficult still, because it’s still kind of fresh," said Ally Maccio, a Jonathan Law High School student.
According to Maren's obituary, a public funeral will not be held.
A fund has been set up to create a scholarship in her memory.
Donations can be sent to:
The Maren Sanchez Memorial Fund
Attorney Mike McCabe, 23 Sunnyside Court, Milford, CT 06460