Stabbed After Rejecting A Prom Date
Maren Sanchez (16) previously dated a boy named Christopher Plaskon (17). Both teens attended Jonathan Law High School in 2014.
The month of April was arriving and so was the junior prom. At this point, Maren had broken up with Christopher, but he stayed hopeful that she would still attend prom with him. However, she ultimately said no.
Christopher’s friends explained that he was fuming after the rejection. He told his friends that he wouldn’t care if Maren died or was hit by a bus. Maren sensed that Christopher was angry and expressed his potential danger to the school, but nothing was done.
It was the day of the prom on April 25th, 2014. Most students were eager to go home and get ready for a fun night of eating and dancing, but Christopher’s anger was brewing. He arrived at school early that day and paced the halls waiting for Maren. At 7:15am, he spotted Maren near the staircase. He approached her, pushed her down the stairs, and attempted to strangle her. As Maren tried to fight him off, her screams echoed in the hallways. Christopher pulled out a kitchen knife that he had brought from his house and stabbed her in the neck. Just 30 minutes later, she was pronounced dead.
When police arrived on the scene, Christopher approached them with bloody hands and said “I did it. Just arrest me.” After the incident, all students were sent home so the crime scene could be processed. When Christopher was taken to jail, he began to claim that he was mentally unstable and the voices in his head caused him to stab Maren.
In June of 2016, a judge sentenced Christopher Plaskon to 25 years in prison for murder. Plaskon is eligible for parole after serving 15 years. However, he served two years before he was officially sentenced so he will actually be eligible for parole in 13 years.
Due to the tragedy, the school postponed the prom for a while. When the event finally took place, a local hair salon offered the grieving students free hair and make up. One boy who wasn’t even close with Maren visited the salon to dye his hair purple out of respect for her.
The Sanchez family received a 5 million dollar settlement from the city of Milford after the school never took Maren’s warning seriously.