New York was rocked to learn eighteen-year-old Tessa Majors was found stabbed to death just steps away from her campus.
Wednesday night, a Barnard College freshman whose whole life should have been ahead of her was found murdered at around 8pm.
Here are the known details about her final moments:
She was stabbed during a group mugging. Tessa was walking down a set of steps to the park when a group of men attempted to rob her, according to the NY Daily News. Unidentified sources told the publication that one of the alleged robbers stabbed her repeatedly in the stomach during the confrontation. After the attack, the group scattered. She reportedly climbed back up the steps and made her way to the Columbia security guard booth.
Initial reports stated that the guard was out doing his rounds, but a spokesperson for Columbia told HollywoodLife that was incorrect. “The public safety officer assigned to 116th Street and Morningside Drive was at his post last night when the victim emerged from the park, and he came to her aid immediately upon recognizing that she was injured. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate. Officers stationed at this location do not make rounds that cause them to leave their post.”
Police were looking for ‘one to three’ individuals. They have already found one, and have him in custody. The horror of her death was compounded by the fact that a thirteen-year-old boy is being held in connection with her death.
The NYPD has arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the stabbing death of Barnard freshman Tessa Majors.
Police are still looking for up to two other young men. Sources say that the 13-year-old made statements linking himself to the murder.
He is expected to be charged with murder, robbery, and weapons possession.
More information is expected later Friday.
Reports describe the juvenile as being found in a nearby building wearing clothes that matched what one of her attackers were seen as wearing, and with a knife also in his possession.