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Friends and family mourn Milford stabbing victim at vigil

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Purple balloons are released as Law High School choir sings "I Will Always Love You" and "I Will Remember You." Purple balloons are released as Law High School choir sings "I Will Always Love You" and "I Will Remember You."
Maren's memorial at Law grows as hundreds filed in for tonight's vigil. Maren's memorial at Law grows as hundreds filed in for tonight's vigil.
Vigil ends with the glow of candles and Maren's rendition of "Home." Vigil ends with the glow of candles and Maren's rendition of "Home."
MILFORD, Conn. (WFSB) -

Friends, family and even strangers gathered at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Monday, mourning the loss of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez who was killed on Friday.

Many people brought purple flowers, balloons and candles to lay at her memorial on the school's campus. Purple was Maren's favorite color.

"She had such a bright future ahead of her and now nothing," said Tracy Paulson.

Paulson has friends who knew the family. She wanted to bring something to show that she was thinking of them.

"Her smile, her niceness, her kindness to everybody," friend Jack Shuckerow recalled about Sanchez.

On Monday evening, family, friends, classmates and the school's staff gathered at the football field at Jonathan Law High School to pay tribute to Sanchez. Hundreds including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy attended the event.

"She's a beautiful, genuine, loving girl," said Kasedi Xavier, a friend. "Beautiful voice, beautiful inside and out. She was always be our prom queen."

Purple balloons were released as the Law High School choir sang I Will Always Love You and I Will Remember You. The students sang Maren, which is a song written over the weekend.

The vigil ended with the glow of candles and Sanchez's rendition of the Phillip Phillips song Home.

Classes were canceled Monday at the high school, but it was full of people who wanted to start the grieving process.

Therapy dogs and councilors were present for five hours to help those who needed it. Therapy dogs are known for bring affection, comfort and happiness. Visiting with therapy dogs can lower anxiety and can show that the environment is safe for someone to share thoughts and feelings.

Classes resumed Tuesday. Students wore purple to remember their classmate and friend.

This will no doubt be a difficult week for students preparing to say a final goodbye to their friend

The calling hours for Sanchez are set for Thursday between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cody White Funeral Home in Milford. 

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