Brattleboro shelter employee murdered with ax, suspect facing charges

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BRATTLEBORO — Police have identified the victim of a murder in Brattleboro as Leah Rosin-Pritchard, a 36-year-old employee of the Groundworks Collaborative.

According to court documents, Zaaina Asra Zakirrah Mahvish-Jammeh, a 38-year-old resident of the shelter, attacked Rosin-Pritchard with an ax in the Groundworks living room, where she died.

Mahvish-Jammeh was arrested and is facing murder charges.

If convicted, she could face 35 years to life in prison.

“Leah Rosin-Pritchard is irreplaceable,” the Groundworks Collaborative said in a statement. “She was a wonderfully strong, positive, beautiful and compassionate person who gave generously of her spirit and skills in support of all Morningside House residents and her professional colleagues.”

Mahvish-Jammeh specifically requested to meet with Rosin-Pritchard in the living room before the attack, according to court documents.

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