A 14-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with a fatal attack that occurred in the Bronx. The victim, identified as Valarezo, 35, was found unconscious and bleeding from the groin area near a corner close to Claremont Park. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The girl, whose identity is being withheld due to her age, was charged with murder, manslaughter, robbery, and other charges.
Investigations have revealed that the girl was not the one wielding the knife during the attack. Instead, it is believed that Valarezo may have been attempting to steal a moped when the incident occurred. The girl was present at the scene and may have encouraged the attackers, but she was not the stabber.
According to a criminal complaint, the girl and three friends, who are still being sought by the police, chased after Valarezo after learning about the attempted moped theft. The group then assaulted Valarezo, who the girl claimed was waving a gun. They left him bleeding in the street.
Valarezo’s sister expressed doubt about the girl’s account, stating that her brother was a nonconfrontational person suffering from depression and would not engage in robbery. Valarezo’s girlfriend described him as a good man who did not deserve to die in such a manner.
The arrested teen informed the police that a man staying at her apartment was the stabber. She allegedly provided clothes to him and the others involved, as they believed the police would be after them.
The girl has been released on supervised release pending her next court appearance. Valarezo’s family hopes that she receives the maximum punishment allowed by law.