Before taking up legislative business Friday, members of the Connecticut House of Representatives observed a moment of silence in recognition of the fatal stabbing of a high school student in Milford.
“We all know that it could have been any school. It could have been anywhere,” said state Rep. Paul Davis, a Democrat from Orange. “Random acts of violence, particularly when they occur among young people, particularly when they occur without real cause, have very little meaning for us to understand. I’m hoping that the work that we are doing here in the chamber, work that we do as legislators, maybe can do a little bit more to make our society a better place and maybe, hopefully, reduce these types of acts of violence.”
Davis expressed sympathy for both the family of the Maren Sanchez, the 16-year-old stabbed to death at Jonathan Law High School Friday morning, as well as the family of the suspect in the case.
“I hope that we can move forward, keeping this in mind and knowing that our work is important in helping to reduce violence,” Davis said.
Rep. James Maroney is a Milford Democrat whose ties to the high school run deep. “As a graduate of Jonathan Law, my parents are graduates of Jonathan Law, many of my friends have children at the school who…just this morning I saw how much they were looking forward to going to the prom tonight,” he said. “And it’s devastating for both families and for the community so, I appreciate your thoughts at this very difficult time for them and for our entire community.”