Several hours before a wake for a Milford teenager begins today, local clergy and others will gather at Milford City Hall to pray.

The prayer is an annual event and is part of the National Day of Prayer.

This year, words and prayers will be offered up “especially for children and students,” according to an announcement of the gathering.

Milford's prayer observance will begin at noon and will include local clergy, city officials and members of the Milford community.

“Strong nations are the product of strong cities filled with Godly people. Now more than ever we must unite together in prayer for our cities and communities,” said Pastor Alfred D. Watts, senior pastor of Cornerstone Christian Center and host of the event.

Bishop Jay Ramirez, senior pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church will deliver the keynote address and several Milford clergy members will pray during the hour long event.

Not far from City Hall at 2 p.m., the wake will begin for Maren Sanchez, the teenager killed at Jonathan Law High School last week.

Students, staff, families and others are still trying to come to grips with the murder.

Several vigils have been held in the community to bring people together and let them mourn.