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Teen Accused In Fatal Stabbing Of New Rochelle HS Student Appears In Court

Z’inah Brown
Z’inah Brown Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police

The 16-year-old Yonkers teenager facing a murder charge after fatally stabbing a fellow New Rochelle High School student last week appeared in New Rochelle City Court on Wednesday.

Z’inah Brown surrendered herself at the New Rochelle Police Department last Thursday, where she was booked for second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing Valaree Schwab twice with a steak knife last week, leading to her death. She appeared in court on Wednesday.

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.

Brown was identified as a suspect by police the following morning before she turned herself in. Police said the fight involved a group of five or six male and females who were involved in the fight, though only Brown is facing charges.

There was a large turnout in court on Wednesday, according to a Talk of the Sound report, which stated there was more than 100 people at the hearing, many in support of Brown.

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