Friends Vote Slain Student Prom Queen

They hold ceremony at the beach

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 28, 2014 11:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Maren Sanchez was allegedly killed for refusing to go to prom with her attacker—but her friends ensured that the slain Connecticut 16-year-old was still a part of the dance. Though Friday's prom was postponed, her friends wore tuxes and dresses to the beach, where they brought Maren's dress and named her prom queen, CBS News reports.

As for the 16-year-old suspect, who's set to be arraigned today: "He seemed like a nice guy. I didn't really get into any in-depth conversations with him, but just, 'Hi,'" a student says. The boy was a likeable athlete with a sense of humor and strong family ties to the community, others say. Another student tells the AP that the suspect and Sanchez were friends.

This undated Facebook image of Maren Sanchez was provided by her family.
This undated Facebook image of Maren Sanchez was provided by her family.   (AP Photo/The Sanchez famly)
Friends and family attend a memorial service at the First United Church of Christ in Milford, Conn., for Maren Sanchez.
Friends and family attend a memorial service at the First United Church of Christ in Milford, Conn., for Maren Sanchez.   (AP Photo/The New Haven Register, Peter Casolino)
A rock spray-painted by students sits in memory of 16-year-old stabbing victim Maren Sanchez on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Milford, Conn.
A rock spray-painted by students sits in memory of 16-year-old stabbing victim Maren Sanchez on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Milford, Conn.   (AP Photo/The New Haven Register, Peter Hvizdak)
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