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    Tessa Majors (18) was stabbed to death during a robbery and a 13 year old has been arrested

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    A 13-year-old has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors in a New York City park, according to multiple senior law enforcement officials.

    The teen faces charges of second-degree murder, robbery and a weapons-related charge, the officials said. His specific role in the death was not immediately clear.

    The juvenile was apprehended at about 11 p.m. Thursday, and as of Friday was not being charged as an adult.

    Investigators are seeking two other people whom they believe had a role in the attack.

    "I am absolutely confident that any individuals involved in this terrible, heinous attack will be brought to justice and will be brought to justice quickly," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday during a radio interview.

    Majors, 18, was stabbed repeatedly in Morningside Park, not far from Barnard's campus, before 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the New York Police
    "During the struggle, one of the individuals pulled out a knife and stabbed her several times," NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said Thursday. "She staggered her way up the street. One of the security guards saw her and called 911."

    She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

    Police were questioning two teens, with their guardians present, Thursday, but they were later released, according to the NYPD.

    Investigators believed there were between one and three suspects, one of whom stabbed Majors, in what Barnard officials said was an attempted robbery.

    A law enforcement source told NBC New York that a witness saw a group of people running from where Majors was found by a security guard. A text alert sent to Barnard students said one male suspect was wearing a green jacket and a hat.

    A $2,500 reward is offered for anyone who provides helpful information in the case.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ictim-n1102751

    The family of slain Barnard College student Tessa Majors ripped a New York City police union official Monday for declaring on a radio show that she was "in the park to buy marijuana" when she was killed.

    "The remarks by Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins we find deeply inappropriate, as they intentionally or unintentionally direct blame onto Tess, a young woman, for her own murder," Majors' family said in a statement. "We would ask Mr. Mullins not to engage in such irresponsible public speculation, just as the NYPD asked our family not to comment as it conducts the investigation."

    NYPD investigators have not divulged what the 18-year-old college student was doing in Morningside Park, located in northern Manhattan near Barnard College, when she was stabbed to death last Wednesday.

    Mullins later apologized and insisted his comments "were taken out context" and were directed at Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    "This student Tess Majors is clearly a victim of a robbery homicide," he said in remarks that first appeared on WABC-TV. "She went to a prestigious school. Her family is suffering. But in many ways, I blame the mayor for trying to slant this in a different direction."

    Mullins, who has long been an outspoken critic of both the NYPD leadership and de Blasio, said he was trying to make the point that crime had increased in Morningside Park and that the mayor's policies were to blame.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ajors-n1105191

    The NYPD is looking for a third teenage suspect in the murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, who was killed during an armed robbery in a New York City park.

    A 14-year-old boy who fled before he could be questioned by police is being pursued as a suspect in the fatal stabbing, NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said Thursday. Harrison also denied media reports that the teen had jumped out of a cab while trying to turn himself in and said there was nothing to support the claim.

    The boy is one of three teenagers who police have connected to Majors' death, including a 13-year-old boy who was arrested and is in police custody.

    Another 14-year-old boy was questioned and released by police.

    The 13-year-old, whom NBC News is not naming because he is a juvenile, is facing second-degree murder, robbery and a weapons-related charge. Authorities believe he was one of three teens who were trying to rob Majors on Dec. 11 in Morningside Park.

    When one of the teens put Majors in a chokehold and the others began rifling through her pockets, Majors fought back and bit one of the robbers' fingers, police said.

    In the ensuing struggle, Majors was stabbed repeatedly in the torso, police said. She was able to stagger out of the park but died at a nearby hospital.

    The NYPD claims it has found video that will serve as a key piece of evidence, but the 13-year-old's attorney argued the footage does not implicate her client.

    "The evidence here is the opposite," Legal Aid lawyer Hannah Kaplan said Tuesday in court. "The only testimony connecting my client to anything related to Miss Majors' death and alleged robbery is that at some point my client picked up a knife and handed it to someone. That is refuted by the description of the surveillance video."

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...urder-n1107641

    Many Barnard College faculty and staff members have received racist robocalls from a white supremacist group in the wake of first-year student Tessa Majors' slaying, according to the schools.

    "We have become aware that robocall messages from a white supremacist group were received on many faculty and staff landlines at Barnard and may have been received by a small number of Columbia faculty and staff as well," a statement from university officials said. Majors attended Barnard, a women's college affiliated with Columbia University.

    "The contents of this message, related to Tess Majors’ recent death, are abhorrent and viciously racist," the statement said.

    Majors, 18, was stabbed to death in Morningside Park on Dec. 11 in what police said was a robbery gone wrong. The park is steps from both Barnard's and Columbia's campuses.

    A 13-year-old boy was arrested after Majors was killed and is being held on charges that include second-degree murder.

    Two 14-year-old boys have been questioned and released by police, according to the New York City Police Department. One of the teens is said to be black.

    NBC News is not identifying the teens because they are juveniles.

    The university statement on the racist robocall messages said school officials are working with the NYPD to block the caller. Faculty and staff who receive the calls are encouraged to report them.

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    https://www.westsiderag.com/2020/01/...majors-killing

    Police have put up fresh posters spreading the word about a $2,500 reward for information about the homicide of Tessa Majors, a Barnard freshman who was killed on Dec. 11 in Morningside Park near 116th Street. Police first offered the reward immediately after the incident, and put posters up on Broadway, our tipster wrote. But the new posters were put up near Morningside Park. The ones in the photos above and below are from 110th Street at the corner of the park.

    Police arrested a 13-year-old boy two days after the killing and charged him with felony murder, which means they don’t think he was the one who stabbed Majors. They also reportedly believe two other minors were involved, one of whom stabbed her. But though they questioned one of the boys, they didn’t arrest him. The Times reported before the New Year that the police are hoping DNA evidence helps them close the case.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/15/us/te...ing/index.html

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the stabbing death of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors, police and prosecutors said Saturday.

    The boy has been indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree -- one for intentional murder, the other for felony murder committed during a robbery, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance told reporters. He's also charged with four robbery counts.

    The teen, who investigators believe wielded a knife in the deadly assault, was arrested without incident at a Harlem housing project Friday night, police said. He was with his mother and other family members.

    Majors, 18, was walking in Manhattan's Morningside Park near Barnard College on December 11 when she was attacked, NYPD said. She had moved from Virginia for her freshman year.
    The defendant's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. CNN also sought comment from representatives of Majors' family.

    Vance said the criminal complaint includes "substantial blood analysis," smart phone and video evidence and a recorded statement from the defendant.
    Barnard student stabbed to death blocks from college

    "It paints a gruesome picture of what this young woman endured in her final moments," he said. "As alleged, some of the last words she was known to have said was, 'Help me! I'm being robbed.'"

    Police found Majors lying face down and bleeding from multiple stab wounds outside Morningside Park on the evening of December 11, according to the criminal complaint. Moments earlier, she had told a witness that she was stabbed and robbed in the park.

    She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 7:23 p.m., the complaint said. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds to the torso, including one that pierced her heart.

    Surveillance video showed that Majors and the defendant, along with two other young men, entered the park around the same time, the complaint said. The defendant was wearing the same navy jacket with white and red stripes that he wore during a knife point robbery days earlier.

    One witness told police he heard a male voice say, "Gimme your phone. You got some weed, gimme that too" before hearing a female voice scream and say, "Help me! I'm being robbed," according to the complaint.

    Surveillance video showed three people and Majors struggling on a park landing before she broke free and staggered up the stairs, the complaint said.

    DNA recovered from one of Majors' fingernails matched that of the defendant, according to the complaint. In an audio recording, the teen stated he was in the park and tried to take the young woman's phone and "'she was hanging onto her phone' and that he hit her with a knife," according to the complaint.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ested-n1138561

    A third teenage suspect has been arrested in the killing of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, who was stabbed during an alleged robbery in a New York City park in December.

    The teen turned himself in to police on Wednesday.

    He is charged with felony murder and robbery in the first and second degree, law enforcement officials said. He is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday.

    The arrest comes after a 14-year-old boy was arrested over the weekend and a 13-year-old was arrested days after the incident.

    NBC News is not identifying the suspects because they are juveniles.

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