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MILFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, classmates and others paid tribute Monday to a slain Connecticut teenager, saying she lived a remarkable life and imploring others to learn from her example.

Mr. Malloy called Maren Sanchez a star, saying she was inclusive, kind, talented and giving. He said she accomplished so much in a short period of time and affected so many. "She was someone who moved people," he said. "If you look at this crowd, you might even imagine she moved mountains."

The 16-year-old was stabbed to death Friday morning inside the high school, just hours before she was to attend her junior prom with her boyfriend.

Mr. Malloy spoke Monday night at an outdoor vigil at Jonathan Law High School that featured the release of purple balloons, Maren's favorite color, and songs in her memory.

Other speakers implored the crowd to live like she did. Maren was a National Honor Society member active in drama and other school activities.

Police and the suspect's defense attorneys have declined to identify the teen charged with murder, but people who saw him taken into custody said he was Maren's friend Chris Plaskon, also a junior. The case was expected to go Monday before a Juvenile Court judge in New Haven, but it's unclear whether that happened.

Ansonia-Milford State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor, the Plaskon boy's lawyers and a Chief State's Attorney's Office spokesman said they wouldn't be releasing any information Monday. One lawyer, Richard Meehan, said his client is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation.

Police are investigating whether the motive was Maren's refusal to be the prom date of the boy arrested.

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