New Rochelle stabbing victim Valeree Schwab laid to rest

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The New Rochelle High School student who was stabbed at a Dunkin’ Donuts last Wednesday was laid to rest Monday.

Family and friends came to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Pelham Manor to mourn the loss of Valeree Schwab.

The 16-year-old died at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx after police say she was fatally stabbed last Wednesday during a fight with classmate Z'inah Brown.

Friends say Schwab was an outspoken political activist and avid musician who played guitar and even wrote her own music. "She always spoke her mind and always stood up for what she believed in. She was different from everyone else but I don't think anyone should have ever made fun of that and everyone should be unique in her own way," says Amina Samuels.

Police say Brown, 16, stabbed Schwab twice in the torso with a steak knife. Brown is facing second-degree murder charges and is due back in court Jan. 17.

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