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

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
Z’inah Brown Photo Credit: New Rochelle Police

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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