A New Rochelle High School student reacts to the fatal stabbing that occurred Jan. 10, 2018.
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NEW ROCHELLE – Police said they are looking for Z’inah Brown, who is a suspect in Wednesday’s fatal stabbing of New Rochelle High School student Valaree Schwab.

Brown is a 16-year-old student at New Rochelle High School and police believe she lives in Yonkers. Schwab, 16, was stabbed on Wednesday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 646 North Ave. and died at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

New Rochelle Police say the suspect, Brown, was part of a larger group of five-to-six boys and girls. All of them went to New Rochelle high school. 

Police said a series of altercations, including the use of pepper spray, occurred between Schwab and the group along North Avenue, starting at the McDonalds’ and culminating at the Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Schwab was stabbed twice in the torso with a steak knife inside Dunkin’ Donuts on North Avenue, police said. The victim was with a male companion but he was not in the Dunkin’ Donuts at the time of the incident, according to police.

Police responded to the Dunkin’ Donuts at about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, finding Schwab responsive but bleeding and losing consciousness. She died later at Jacobi Medical Center. 

New Rochelle Police said they were in possession of surveillance video but declined to say when and if it would be released to the press.


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