“Her spirit will be with us forever.”

MILFORD--4/25/14--Mourners at a vigil at Walnut Beach in Milford release balloons near the end of a vigil Friday evening after Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death at Jonathan Law High School in Milford Friday,  the day the junior prom was to be held. RICK HARTFORD|rhartford@courant.com

MILFORD–4/25/14–Mourners at a vigil at Walnut Beach in Milford release balloons near the end of a vigil Friday evening after Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death at Jonathan Law High School in Milford Friday, the day the junior prom was to be held. RICK HARTFORD|rhartford@courant.com

By ALAINE GRIFFIN, KELLY GLISTA and DENISE BUFFA, agriffin@courant.com

MILFORD — Maren Sanchez adjusted the microphone and took a seat on stage with her guitar, the instrument that she taught herself to play.

She didn’t know it at the time, but Maren’s soft, lullaby-like version of Phillip Phillips’ song “Home” — captured on a 2012 YouTube video and widely circulated throughout social media Friday — would end up being a gift that she would leave to the many loved ones she left behind.

“Don’t pay no mind to the demons,” Maren sang from the stage at Jonathan Law High School, lyrics that would prove startlingly prophetic. “They fill you with fear. The trouble it might drag you down.”

Maren, a 16-year-old junior, was stabbed to death Friday morning in the hallway of the school by another student, whose name has not been released. Police are investigating whether the 16-year-old male, who has been charged with murder, had wanted to take her to the junior prom, which was scheduled for Friday night.

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