Friends, family, and community members gathered at Walnut Beach in Milford Friday evening to remember Maren Sanchez.
Maren Sanchez, a Jonathan Law junior, died following an altercation in a school hallway that occurred just after 7 a.m. Friday. A 16-year-old classmate has been charged with her murder.
Maren's family asked students attending the vigil to wear their prom dresses or tuxes. Friday night was would have been their junior prom.
Family members describe Maren as a "bright light full of hopes and dreams."
Classmates gathered on school grounds Friday afternoon and spray painted a large rock purple, Maren's favorite color. They added Maren's name and her date of birth. The students then gathered around the rock for a moment of silence.
The First United Congregation of Christ in downtown Milford will also hold a vigil in honor of Maren. It will be held outside the sanctuary at 8:30 p.m.