A 16-year-old honors student at a Connecticut high school girl was stabbed to death in a school stairwell Friday allegedly by a fellow student after she turned down his invitation to tonight's junior prom, according to local media reports.
The suspect, also 16, was arrested by a school guard at Jonathan Law high school in Mitford, police said.
The victim, identified as Marion Sanchez, died of neck injuries at Bridgeport Hospital, WFSB-TV reports. She had been found in critical condition in a stairwell, the Hartford TV station says.
Students say that the attacker, after being spurned over the prom invitation, allegedly tried to strangle the girl, then pushed her down the stairs before stabbing her in the throat, Connecticut News 12 reports.
At a news conference, school officials described Sanchez as a well-liked honors students and athlete.
School officials postponed tonight's prom, which was to be held at a banquet hall in Stratford.
The school was placed on lock down for two hours following the attack, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. ET, the Connecticut Post reports.