A close friend of stabbing victim Maren Sanchez said she was remembering the 16-year-old as a shining star who would make time for anyone at Jonathan Law High School.
Imani Langston said Sanchez made quite an impact on her school community in Milford and that is why she'll be missed.
"Maren was beautiful, she was nice, she was outgoing," Langston said. "She was loved by everybody, never had an enemy. She was the type of person you wanted to be around, you wanted to know her."
Police said Sanchez, a junior, was fatally stabbed inside the school on Friday. The suspect, whom the Associated Press identified as 16-year-old Christopher Plaskon, was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.
Investigators were looking into whether saying no to a junior prom invitation was the motive.
Langston said Sanchez had a way of making people feel welcome. She recalled her first day of eighth grade.
"She came up to me and was like, ‘you're so pretty, are you new?'" Langston said. "And I was like, ‘yeah, I'm new.'"
A friendship formed over the next four years and she said the two became close.
Monday morning, she shared some of that friendship with listeners on 99.1 WPLR. She said the two of them were looking forward to their big prom night.
"We actually talked about it the day before this all happened," Langston said. "I was like, ‘What color is your dress' and she was like ‘It's teal.' She was telling me how many pictures she was going to take and so excited to go with her new boyfriend."
Instead of celebrating, friends gathered on the beach to honor their classmate.
Langston described the past few days as the most difficult time of her young life. She said she's still coming to grips with the fact that the girl she called her best friend was now gone.
"She'd spend the night over my house," said Langston. "She was at my sweet 16. My mom called her daughter. That's how close we were. To find out that she's not going to be here, I'll never see her until I die, it's hard to deal with."
Classes at Jonathan Law High School were canceled Monday, but the school was open until 5 p.m. with counselors.
A vigil was also planned for 7 p.m. on the Jonathan Law High School football field. The superintendent said it will be open to the Milford community.
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