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Teenaged Girl Sentenced in New Rochelle Student Stabbing

Z’Inah Brown, right, is sentenced in murder of New Rochelle High School classmate


A teen convicted in the  January 2018 stabbing death of another New Rochelle High School student, 16-year-old Valaree Schwab, has been sentenced to 17 years in state prison.

Z’Inah Brown pleaded guilty in May. In addition to the prison term, she will serve five years post-release supervision.

In court, the victim’s sister, Britney Schwab, read a statement on the devastating impact Valaree’s death had had on her, her father, and other family members. Speaking directly to Brown, she said, “Your violent rampage stole a third sibling away from me long before it was their time.” She added, “I hope that her sudden, untimely death will never be used in a discussion as fuel for hate. I hope that, if anything, it can serve as a reminder for young people to find peaceful ways to resolve conflict and for families to hold their loved ones a little closer. I know Valaree would want us to bury hate and choose peace instead.”

On Jan. 10, 2018, a group of teenagers, including Brown, physically confronted and assaulted Schwab on North Avenue in New Rochelle, resulting in a serious physical injury to the victim. At the time of the assault, Schwab dropped her house keys and one of the teens picked up the keys. Schwab then followed the group to Dunkin’ Donuts, 646 North Avenue, to try to get back her keys. Inside the store, Brown stabbed Schwab, who was pronounced dead later that day at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

All of the teenagers were students at New Rochelle High School.

Two other teens, Dominique Slack and Carl Booker, both pleaded guilty to Stalking in the First Degree, for being part of the gang who stalked Schwab on that day. Booker was sentenced March 29, 2019, to “shock probation” where he will be incarcerated in Westchester County Jail for six months and serve a total of five years’ probation. In February 2019, Slack received the same sentence as Booker.


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February 7, 2020 1:10 PM

Was the defendant in fact a resident of New Rochelle? I saw some reports that this murdering piece of scum was from Yonkers. If she is in fact from Yonkers–why was she a student at NRHS??

Daniel Ravi
Daniel Ravi
August 14, 2019 7:04 AM

Many in 10538 have noticed for years the up tick in very violent youth crimes. NR is next door and can not be dismissed. I disagree Lou, people w young children have already begun to factor this all in when making choices for their families.

Lou Young
Lou Young
August 15, 2019 10:53 AM
Reply to  Daniel Ravi

I stated that manslaughter is not ‘accidental.’ Accidental is accidental. Manslaughter is manslaughter. Unclear what you disagree with.

Lou Young
Lou Young
August 9, 2019 10:35 AM

George is just wrong. Manslaughter does not relate to ‘accidental death.’ As long as you’re online why not google it before offering an erroneous opinion? ‘From what I understand…..’ is usually a warning that what follows is nonsense.

August 8, 2019 1:08 PM

Why did she receive a sentence for manslaughter? From what I understand, manslaughter relates to ACCIDENTAL death. What part of stalking a girl for an entire afternoon, attacking her with a gang of two men, and then stabbing her to death is accidental? You really have to wonder how many burning hoops of social justice you need to jump through to see this crime as manslaughter and not first-degree murder.

Larchmont home-owners take note: the threat is looming, urgent, and approaching your home. Plan your real-estate wisely, your family’s lives are at stake. The growing social justice insanity is fun to take part in on Twitter, not at your daughter’s funeral.

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