A teenager is accused of fatally stabbing a girl she allegedly bullied at a Westchester County, N.Y., Dunkin’ Donuts on Jan. 10. The suspect turned herself in after the public helped identify her.
ABC News reports that Z’Inah Brown, 16, is behind bars for the death of Valaree Megan Schwab, 16. Brown is accused of using a steak knife to stab the victim twice in the upper chest area at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New Rochelle. Valaree later died at Jacobi Medical Center.
Mother of New Rochelle High School student Z’inah Brown leaves New Rochelle City Court sobbing as daughter arraigned on Second Degree Murder charge in stabbing death of NRHS classmate Valaree Schwab. pic.twitter.com/0fo2DaYAdp
— Talk of the Sound (@TalkoftheSound) January 11, 2018
According to students who attended the same high school as the suspect and victim, Brown and her friends were bullying Valaree when the incident occurred. The students told police that Brown and around five or so other teens, including both boys and girls, “ganged up” on Valaree during a 10-minute walk on the afternoon of Jan. 10, which reportedly ended when they arrived at the Dunkin’ Donuts and Valaree pulled out pepper spray to defend herself.
According to USA Today, Valaree was walking with a male friend when the group of alleged bullies surrounded her and began harassing her. Once Valaree started using the pepper spray on her bullies, Brown allegedly stabbed her. The other kids who reportedly bullied Valaree, all believed to be students from New Rochelle High School, have not been identified.
Hundreds attend funeral mass for Valaree Megan Schwab, 16, who died last Wednesday as a result of negligence by New Rochelle School officials. pic.twitter.com/g4jZaQo9hl
— Talk of the Sound (@TalkoftheSound) January 15, 2018
Brown is facing charges of second-degree murder. Her mother, who appeared at an arraignment with Brown last week, didn’t comment but walked out of the courtroom in tears.
Peers described Valaree as a unique student who freely expressed her thoughts, loved music, and had a passion for the guitar. Her obituary indicated she was a “outspoken political activist who rallied friends together to fight injustice,” who was focused on “advanced placement and honors classes” in school.
— Jorge Fitz-Gibbon (@jfitzgibbon) January 13, 2018
Valaree is survived by her parents, Christopher and Karen Schwab; her brother, Austin Schwab; and sister, Brittney Schwab. Friends later held a vigil for Valaree outside of the Dunkin’ Donuts, where they placed candles and flowers in her honor. On Jan. 16, hundreds turned up to mourn the slain student at her funeral.
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[Feature Photo: Valaree Schwab/Handout and Z’Inah Brown/Police Handout]