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New Rochelle HS Students Fight In Latest Violent Incident

There was an increased police presence outside New Rochelle High School.
There was an increased police presence outside New Rochelle High School. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

Nearly two dozen New Rochelle High School students could be seen standing in a circle watching two others fight earlier this week in the latest instance of violence involving a group of teenagers.

Video released by Talk of the Sound shows two students fighting near the intersection of Chauncey Avenue and Clove Road, with at least 20 other students standing around, shouting and cheering on the violence before police arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

The fight came after several violent incidents involving students last month, including the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Valaree Schwab on North Avenue. No arrests were made following Wednesday’s incident, and no injuries were reported.

The manhunt for a teenage suspect who stabbed a fellow student in the torso on Jan. 18 continues, as the suspect remains elusive, New Rochelle Police Capt. Robert Gazzola said, noting that “due to the suspect’s age, and after consultation with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, we are prohibited by law from identifying him.”

Gazzola said that the department and investigators have been in contact with attorneys from the Legal Aid Society who represent the suspect, and are working with his family in an attempt to have him surrender into custody.

The investigation into the fatal stabbing of New Rochelle High School junior Valaree Schwab is ongoing, including the alleged incidents leading to her death. Z'inah Brown, also a student at the school, is facing a second-degree murder charge, though more charges may be pending for other students involved in the violent incident.

“We are working closely with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office to identify those individuals involved and what roles they may have played,” Gazzola said. “We realize that members of the press and community are looking for specific answers, however, since this is a an active investigation we cannot release information that may jeopardize the investigation and subsequent prosecution.”

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