Milford: Peace, Love & Music event ends
The annual Peace, Love and Music from Maren Festival will be no more.
Begun in April 2015 as a way to remember Maren Sanchez, the slain Jonathan Law High School student, the festival will no longer take place according to a press release sent to the media this week from its organizers, the Maren Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee.
The free festival always took place in late April, attracting more than a thousand of people, organizers said. The three festivals — in 2015, 2016 and 2017 — typically began with a 5K Fun Run, followed by live music, a mural street art competition, a kickball tournament, food vendors, activities for children and more.
“The Peace Love and Music from Maren Committee announces the end of the PLM Festival at Jonathan Law High School,” the release said. “The festival raised thousands of dollars for Maren’s scholarship fund which provided, and will continue to provide, scholarships to Milford High School graduating seniors. While the festival has come to an end, Maren’s legacy of peace and love will forever be part of Jonathan Law High School and Milford.”
“It was intended to be a one-year event at first,” said Law High Principal Fran Thompson in a telephone interview. “And we raised enough money in the three years to last the scholarship fund for some time to come.”
He added that there are no longer students at Law High who might remember Maren Sanchez as a high school student.
Sanchez, 16, was fatally stabbed by classmate, Christopher Plaskon, now 20, on April 25, 2014, in a staircase at Jonathan Law High School. The murder took place on the day of the junior prom; earlier, Sanchez had rebuffed Plaskon’s invitation to the dance.
On June 5, 2016, Plaskon, showing no remorse in Milford Superior Court, received a 25-year prison sentence for the crime, He is being incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield according to state records. He could be eligible for parole in 2029 because he was 16 at the time of the homicide.
In September, the girl’s mother, Donna Cimarelli-Sanchez, filed court papers seeking $23 million to settle a lawsuit against the city and its school district — $15 million from the school district and $8 million from the city. That lawsuit is still winding its way through the court.