Student to be arraigned in prom day slaying

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By STEPHEN SINGER
Apr 28, 2:41 AM EDT


Student to be arraigned in prom day slaying
Milford, Conn., police at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Friday, April 25, 2014, after Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death by another student. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
Mourners at a vigil at Walnut Beach in Milford, Conn., on Friday, April 25, 2014, after Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Friday, the day the junior prom was to be held. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
Milford, Conn., residents and Jonathan Law High School students gather for a vigil at Walnut Beach on Friday, April 25, 2014, after Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death at the Milford school on Friday, the day the junior prom was to be held. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
Mourners at a vigil at Walnut Beach in Milford, Conn., release balloons near the end of a vigil on Friday, April 25, 2014, after Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Friday, the day the junior prom was to be held. (Rick Hartford/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A 16-year-old student faces arraignment on murder charges in the stabbing death of a classmate at their high school on the day of the junior prom.

Police haven't released the suspect's name, but people who saw him taken into custody identified him as Chris Plaskon, a friend of the victim, 16-year-old Maren Sanchez.

Plaskon's attorney, Richard Meehan, says his client is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation and will not appear at his arraignment, scheduled for Monday in New Haven.

Plaskon is charged as a juvenile but Meehan has said he expects him to eventually be charged as an adult.

The stabbing occurred Friday morning at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, hours before the school's prom, and authorities are investigating whether Sanchez was stabbed after turning down the boy's invitation to the dance.

Connecticut's chief medical examiner said Sunday that Sanchez died of wounds to her torso and neck.

Milford Alderwoman Greta Stanford said the school would remain closed Monday. A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the school's football field. Organizers are seeking donations so the junior class can buy a memorial bench in Sanchez's honor.

Mark Robinson, a technical education teacher who saw the suspect being taken out of the school in handcuffs, said Plaskon is the third of five brothers and has a good sense of humor. His family has deep roots in the community, Robinson said.

"There's no reason to suspect he would have done this. I think that's what makes it harder," Robinson said.

Classmate Imani Langston, who saw Plaskon being read his rights and taken away in a police car, said Sanchez and the boy were just friends and had never dated.

Sanchez, a member of the National Honor Society who was active in drama and other school activities, had been focused on prom in the days before her death. She had posted a photograph on Facebook of her blue prom dress and was looking forward to attending with a new boyfriend.

People who know Plaskon said he is an athlete and described him as genial and respectful.

"His family is devastated not only for him, but the youngster who was killed," Meehan said." It's a terrible situation all the way around."

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