Reports: 13-Year-Old Charged, 2nd Teen Questioned In Stabbing Death Of Student

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December 13, 2019 - 6:20 pm
Barnard Stabbing Scene

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A 13-year-old has been charged in the stabbing death of a Barnard College freshman while police are questioning a second suspect, according to reports.

Tessa Majors, 18, was fatally stabbed during a robbery in Morningside Park, just blocks away from campus around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

She struggled during the robbery, which involved multiple assailants, and authorities say she was stabbed several times in the stomach.

As the suspects fled, Majors, the daughter of novelist Inman Majors — a writing professor at James Madison University in Virginia – was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, but she could not be saved.

Earlier reports indicated a guard was out on his rounds when Majors managed to stagger to a security booth on street level, but Columbia University has said that information is inaccurate.

 "The public safety officer assigned to 116th and Morningside 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," the university tweeted.

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On Thursday, the 13-year-old was reportedly caught trespassing and was in possession of a knife. While being questioned by police, he reportedly admitted to playing a role in the 18-year-old’s death, along with two others.

CBS News reports authorities are questioning a second teenager in connection to the murder. A third suspect remains on the loose. 

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According to CBS News, the 13-year-old appeared in Manhattan family court in the afternoon on Friday alongside his aunt and uncle.

The reports says he is facing second degree murder, robbery and weapons charges.

His identity is not being revealed because of his age.

Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said they have surveillance footage they are taking a closer look at.

As of September, 11 robberies have been recorded inside the park — more than double in the same period last year. Several juveniles were arrested in those robberies.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said they will be increasing police presence on the campus.