A 16-year-old girl is dead after allegedly being stabbed outside of a Dunkin' Donuts in New York by another girl of the same age.
Valaree Megan Schwab was a "unique" girl who always "spoke her mind," according to her classmates. She was passionate about guitar and would regularly post YouTube videos for causes she believed in, reports the Daily Mail. In one such video, she labeled President Donald Trump's administration a "tyranny."
A self-described anarchist, Valaree was reportedly bullied because of her personality and appearance, friends told WABC.
On Jan. 10, a group of five or six teenagers reportedly confronted Valeree and a male friend. Among the group was the 16-year-old suspect, who got into an argument with the victim for an unknown reason.
Students at the scene told WABC that Valaree attempted to fight back against the group using pepper spray. They followed her for several blocks before reaching a Dunkin' Donuts in New Rochelle around 12:30 p.m., where the unnamed suspect allegedly stabbed Valaree twice in her left side with a steak knife.
The attacking teen fled the area with her group of friends. Valaree was rushed to a hospital where she died of her injuries.
Both girls are students at New Rochelle High School. The school confirmed that Valaree was not in classes on the day of the attack, according to the Daily Mail. It's unknown whether the alleged attacker or the students she was with attended any classes that day.
Police believe they have identified the 16-year-old who had carried out the attack. She turned herself in the day after the incident and has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.
The suspect's mother was present for the arraignment but declined to make a comment.
School staff released a statement acknowledging the death of a student. The school said staff were "saddened" by her passing.
Students at New Rochelle High School have also been grieving the death of their classmate.
"It's just a tragedy," Sabrina Kwok told WABC. "She had so much to bring to the world, she was really smart."
A memorial has been built outside of the Dunkin' Donuts where Valaree was killed. "In loving memory of Valaree Schwab" is inscribed on a photo of the teen, which is carefully surrounded by flowers and candles.
Valaree's family has not yet commented on their daughter's death.
The suspect's court appearance has been scheduled for the week of Jan. 15. She is being held without bail, though it is not yet clear if she will be tried as an adult.