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Conn. Teen Fatally Stabbed Over Alleged Prom Date Dispute

Reports say Maren Sanchez, 16, was fatally stabbed in a Connecticut school hallway the morning of the school's prom. An unnamed suspect is in custody.
Posted at 4:52 PM, Apr 25, 2014

Tragedy struck in Connecticut Friday when a high school student was fatally stabbed on the morning of her school's prom.

Police say the suspect, a junior who has not been named due to his age, attacked 16-year-old Maren Sanchez in a school hallway before classes began. (Via News 12 Connecticut)

WVIT reports a teacher nearby stayed with Sanchez until she was transported to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Police are looking into the motive the attack was set off after Sanchez turned down a prom proposal. WNBC reports the 16-year-old alleged attacker was immediately taken into custody and placed under suicide watch. 

Police will not confirm whether the assault was a result of the prom dispute but say the suspect was immediately taken into custody and placed under suicide watch. It's also currently unclear why the suspect might have brought a knife to school. (Via WFSB)

Students and faculty at the school describe Sanchez as a beloved honor student who was actively involved in the school community. (Via WTNH)

The school was put on lockdown and prom was rescheduled. WFSB cites court officials who say the suspect will be charged with murder, but a state attorney will determine whether he'll be charged as an adult.