Friends wearing prom attire gather for beach vigil for Maren Sanchez

A young man carried a green prom gown at Walnut Beach Friday night, the gown that Maren Sanchez would have worn to her junior prom tonight.

The young man, wearing a prom tuxedo, politely said he couldn’t talk about today’s incident or the gown he was carrying, for fear of breaking down and crying.

Hundreds of Jonathan Law High School students gathered at Walnut Beach tonight to honor Maren Sanchez, the 16-year-old girl stabbed to death at the high school early this morning.

Some carried candles, and others stood and talked. Many stood, wearing their prom attire, on the Bert Munroe Fishing Pier that juts into the Sound at Walnut Beach.

The junior class prom and post prom were scheduled for tonight, but they were postponed because of this morning’s tragedy.

Although police have not spoken about the motive of the murder, friends and social media have said the 16-year-old boy who attacked Maren was angry about being turned down as a prom date.

Police have not released the attacker’s name because he is a juvenile. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court on a murder charge on Monday

A second vigil for Maren was planned later Friday evening at a downtown church.