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Student to be arraigned in prom day slaying

Apr 28, 2:41 AM EDT

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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bruelkjaer April 28 2014 at 8:56 AM

that is the way todays youth thinks - if i dont get what I want, go nuts. Great job, parents of America

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roxyphd April 28 2014 at 8:59 AM

What a terrible thing to happen..I am so sorry for the girl who died and the family..RIP for their daughter..as for the Family of suspect, I have prayed for peace for you all and your son too...

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Shelley April 28 2014 at 9:01 AM

It will be interesting to hear what comes out at the trial. Feel badly for both families. One child dead and the other the one who murdered her. Awful.

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sam April 28 2014 at 11:25 AM

Wow, imagine what he'd have done if a job interview didn't go well!

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Donna April 28 2014 at 11:20 AM

Charge him as an adult...he should not be able to walk this earth again..just like Maren will never be able to ..thanks to a psycho like him..my heartfelt sympathy goes out to Maren's family...

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mbrheljr April 28 2014 at 9:07 AM

Horrible crime. Evil personified?

BTW, "carhoos," since my wife is Latina, do you suggest we move closer to other Hispanics?

No offense, sir or madam, but that is a dumb comment...

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carhoos mbrheljr April 28 2014 at 9:12 AM

If she wants to stay safe, maybe she should.

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sam April 28 2014 at 11:08 AM

So where are the politicians with their agendas screaming about knife control?????????????????????? Had this pathetic kid shot her instead we'd have to hear about how guns are evil forever. Come now, I'm anxiously awaiting Obama or Biden or some jackhole politician's speech about confiscating assault knives.........don't let me down america!

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Dennis April 28 2014 at 9:10 AM

My heart and prayers goes out to both families. What a terrible thing this kid did to two families and to their fellow classmates.

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Nigel April 28 2014 at 10:54 AM

THEY SHOULD.............................................


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spldrtnbrt April 28 2014 at 10:39 AM

Watch it the court will just let him off with mental charges and he will be sent to a mental facility and no jail and the parents of the lsoe ones will want more it always works like that.

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CAMERON spldrtnbrt April 28 2014 at 10:51 AM

I hope not. I want to see the PUNK cry MOMMY. in PRISON. With the. BIG BAD BOYS.

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