New Rochelle – A second teenager has been charged in the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old New Rochelle High School student Valeree Megan Schwab, Wednesday, January 10th. This was one of three stabbing of a student in an eight day period involving students from the school.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday and charged with felony counts of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence, New Rochelle police Capt. Robert Gazzola told Black Westchester. The boy is being charged as a juvenile so his case will proceed in Westchester Family Court.
“Yesterday afternoon the New Rochelle Police Department arrested a 15 year-old juvenile on charges related to the Valaree Schwab homicide,” Capt, Gazzola told BW.” “This individual was charged as a juvenile with Hindering Prosecution and Tampering With Physical Evidence, both felonies. These charges stem from the individual’s actions at the crime scene on the day of the incident. Since he is a juvenile his case will be adjudicated in Family Court.”
Z’inah Brown, 16, has been accused of stabbing Schwab in the Dunkin’ Donuts at 646 North Ave. Schwab died at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, and Brown was charged a day later with second-degree murder.
“No other arrests are imminent at this time,” Capt. Gazzola continued. “Since this is a an active investigation we will not release further information that may jeopardize the investigation and subsequent prosecution.
New Rochelle Councilman does not want the entire student body t be judge by these few incidents, he feels ‘New Rochelle High School has some of the finest students in the nation who are doing amazing things at young ages, and are poised to be future leaders.’ But he admits this is an issues that needs to be dealt with.
“With all of that being said, we are at a crossroads in New Rochelle. The culture of dangerous youth violence which is present and persistent in parts around this country now as we have seen, also affects our hometown,” Councilman Rice shared with Black Westchester, after the three January stabbings involving New Rochelle High School Students. “While we can debate the causes ad nauseam, the reality is that this is an issue which must be confronted head on.”