Students mourn in front of Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn. April 25, 2014.
Michelle McLoughlin—Reuters
April 25, 2014 12:22 PM EDT

A 16-year-old Connecticut girl was stabbed at school Friday morning and later died hours before she was set to attend her junior prom, Reuters reports.

The victim was stabbed shortly after 7 a.m. ET Friday at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, a town near New Haven, Connecticut.

“There was blood on her neck. It was awful,” student Sam Garcia told Reuters. “I saw the girl lying on the stretcher when they took her out.”

Milford Police Chief Keith Mello said in a press conference that a 16-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed the girl is in custody. Officials are investigating widespread reports that the boy may have attacked the victim after she declined his prom invitation.

Students were sent home for the day shortly after 9 a.m. Friday.






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