A teen who graduated from Barrington High School has been implicated in the August strangulation of an 18-year-old New York woman, officials said.
Maxwell Sherman, 18, of the 0-100 block of Louisiana Street in Long Beach, N.Y., is charged with second–degree murder, preliminarily, in the strangulation death of 18-year-old Lauren Daverin, according to Shams Tarek, a spokesman for the District Attorney of Nassau County. "There may be further charges," Tarek said.
The slaying occurred about 10 p.m. Aug. 22, on a footbridge at Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre, N.Y., said Tarek.
Nassau County Police Det. Vincent Garcia said the victim's body was found on the bridge, naked, "brutally murdered," and sexually assaulted.
Sherman was arrested Aug. 24 and is being held without bail. He remains in the custody of the Nassau County police. On Aug. 30, he was indicted by a grand jury and is awaiting arraignment, said Tarek.
Sherman was interviewed on a local television station a few days before his arrest near the footbridge, which is a local hangout for teens, Garcia said. "They smoke, drink and party there," Garcia said of the area.
Daverin, of Lynbrook, N.Y., was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:15 p.m. by paramedics, according to Garcia.
Though Sherman lived mostly in the New York area, he attended Barrington High School for one semester from September to December 2012, – his last in high school – and obtained his diploma on Jan. 28, 2013, said Barrington School District 220 spokesman Jeff Arnett.
"Our reaction to the news is that it's a tragedy that a former student is allegedly involved in such a horrible crime," Arnett said.
Sherman had enough credits from other high schools that transferred to Barrington High School which allowed him to graduate, said Arnett. He did not attend the May commencement, however.
Sherman's family had a home in Barrington but mostly lived in New York. Sherman attended 2nd and 3rd grade at Barrington's Lines Elementary School and 8th grade at the Barrington Middle School's Station Campus, Arnett said.
Sherman had no siblings who attended the Barrington schools and the victim in the slaying was not affiliated with Barrington, according to Arnett.
"We always hope that our students go on to bigger and better things but occasionally we hear of these horrible circumstances,"' Arnett said.