CONNECTICUT (CBSNewYork) — The family of the Connecticut teen allegedly killed by a classmate just hours before her junior prom spoke out on Saturday.

The family of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez thanked supporters from all over who have reached out to comfort them, CBS 2 reported.

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In a newly released statement, they said “Our hearts are forever broken by the loss of our Maren. The outpouring of compassion, support, and love from the community she touched during her life and in her passing has moved us deeply and has offered our family great comfort.”

Sanchez died after she was stabbed in a school stairwell on April 25.

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Christopher Plaskon is charged as an adult in the attack. He is currently under a psychiatric evaluation.

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