16-year-old Z'inah Brown has turned herself in to police after allegedly stabbing a classmate to death during a fight at a local Dunkin' Donuts on Wednesday afternoon.
Brown stands accused of using a steak knife to fatally stab fellow New Rochelle High School student Valaree Megan Schwab twice in the left side of her torso, The New York Daily News reports. The stabbing is said to have been preceded by some type of incident outside involving a half-dozen teens as they walked along the street. According to NBC New York, Schwab is said to have used pepper spray on Brown at some point before the stabbing occurred.
After fatally stabbing 16-year-old Schwab at 12:21 p.m, Brown reportedly returned to school, while Schwab was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where she was pronounced dead a short time after her arrival.
Authorities released a wanted poster featuring Brown's image and information yesterday, and Brown turned herself in at the police headquarters in Yonkers, where she is a resident, at 1 p.m., just over 24 hours after the stabbing occurred.
Brown offered no statement to police at the time of her surrender, and was charged with second-degree murder. Brown's family has declined to comment on the case, while Brown's attorney, Edward Barrett, told NBC New York that his client was "doing OK."
Classes resumed as normal at New Rochelle High School on Thursday, with one notable difference: an increased police presence, The Daily News reports. Still, hundreds of students reportedly stayed home from school on Friday.
"Our hearts go out to all who have been touched by this tragic occurrence," the New Rochelle school district said in a statement. "This is a devastating loss for our school community, and our deepest condolences go out to Valaree's family and friends."