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Students go purple to honor stabbing victim

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Purple was the theme Tuesday when students went back to class in Milford. (WFSB photo) Purple was the theme Tuesday when students went back to class in Milford. (WFSB photo)

Students and staff went purple for a student killed in a stabbing incident last week at a high school in Milford.

Tuesday was their first day back in class following the death of Maren Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School.

Purple was Sanchez's favorite color.

"This has actually been a challenging few days for all of us," said Principal Fran Thompson. "I want you to know there is support around the entire building."

Thompson delivered a morning message. He said counselors and therapy dogs were on hand to help everyone through the difficult time.

Students said his reassuring voice let them and the staff know that they'll be OK.

"My friends, I don't have any answers," Thompson said. "I wish I did, but I want you to know the only way we'll get through this is with each other, that's been displayed all weekend and through that incredible vigil last night for Maren."

Students did not only don purple - there were plenty of purple flowers, balloons and ribbons left at a memorial outside of the school.

"We'll get through it together and honor her the best way we know how, by moving forward, how she would have wanted it, just trying to be good to each other," said Thompson.

As another tribute, Sanchez's friends asked students to wear their prom dresses and tuxedos to her calling hours on Thursday.

Whether they're feeling hurt, confused, sad and angry, Thompson told the entire school that it was OK to feel that way after all they've been through. However, by staying strong, staying together and remembering Sanchez's life and glowing personality, he promised they'd get through the dark days.

"We'll laugh, we'll remember her, we'll smile a lot because that's what she did, that's who she was," he said.

As a measure of support for Sanchez's boyfriend, the Stamford Advocate reported that the entire junior class asked him prom.

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