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Hundreds expected to attend teen's candlelight vigil

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The Milford school system kept Jonathan Law High School closed Monday following the stabbing death of student Maren Sanchez.

Hundreds were expected to attend a candlelight vigil Monday night at the school.

Sanchez was attacked and killed by a fellow student Friday in the hallways of the school early Friday morning.

Over the weekend, students painted a rock purple outside of the school in support of their lost classmate. A memorial of flowers and teddy bears has been growing since last week.

"I know it's a symbol, but it's just a matter of us coming together showing support," one student told Eyewitness News. "Coming to give love."

School officials made the decision over the weekend to cancel all classes at the school and instead offer students, staff and other community members counseling services.

Counselors were set to arrive at noon and officials said parents were welcome to attend with their children.

Therapy dogs were also used to help students cope.

Extracurricular and after-school sporting events were to go on as scheduled Monday. Sanchez's memory was set to be honored at a softball game against Foran High School.

"It's just tragic to think these people sent their kid to school and this happens," said Jeff Bevino, a Foran High School teacher and coach.

She'll also be remembered during a tennis game against Sheehan High School. Sanchez was a member of the tennis team.

In addition, a community-wide candlelight vigil was scheduled for Monday night at 7 p.m. on the high school football field. 

Anyone who plans to attend the vigil is asked to bring the candle.

Classes are set to resume Tuesday.

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