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Students Admit To Stalking That Led To Fatal Stabbing Of Westchester Teen

Dominique Slack. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Z'inah Brown. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Carl Booker. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Valaree Megan Schwab, 16 Photo Credit: Contributed

Two teenagers have admitted to their roles in the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Valaree Schwab in New Rochelle earlier this year.

Dominique Slack and Carl Booker have both pleaded guilty to first-degree stalking, a violent felony, for their roles in the incident that led to the fatal stabbing incident of the teenager.

According to police, officers responded to Dunkin' Donuts on North Avenue shortly after 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 10, where there were reports of a fight involving multiple high school-aged students. During the dispute, Schwab suffered two stab wounds to her torso from a steak knife. She was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, but was pronounced dead there later in the afternoon.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., said that Slack and Booker, “while aiding, abetting, and acting in concert with each other, another teen, a juvenile and other unnamed and unindicted co-conspirators, engaged in a course of conduct likely to cause reasonable fear of physical injury and did intentionally cause physical injury to the victim.”

Schwab dropped her house keys during the dispute and one of the teens picked them up. Schwab then followed the group to Dunkin’ Donuts on North Avenue in an attempt to get her keys back when she was stabbed.

Scarpino noted that Z’inah Brown, who allegedly stabbed Schwab, is still facing a second-degree murder charge, which is still pending.

The fatal stabbing was following by several other violent incidents involving students, which also led to a manhunt for Bryan Stamps , who was arrested in Alabama and extradited back to Westchester to face charges in May.

Slack is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 25 and Booker is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 22 next year.

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