Tessa Majors Biography – Wiki
Tessa Majors was a student at Barnard College who was from Charlottesville, Virginia, was walking down a flight of steps into Morningside Park on West 116th Street on Wednesday when she was attacked and dies in terrible stabbed attack for money and robbery.
HEARTBREAK at Barnard.
Freshman Tessa Majors, 18, from Charlottesville, Va., mugged, stabbed, killed by group of men in Morningside Park near Columbia U.
Staggered to empty guard’s booth with uncharged cellhttps://t.co/yk62tSRBl2 pic.twitter.com/qedtSNONQd
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 12, 2019
Tessa Majors Age
She was 18 years old.
Tessa Majors Stabbed to Death
She had only been in the city since August, when her mother dropped her off for her freshman year of college.
UPDATE: #NYPD officials say two minors are being questioned in the fatal stabbing of @BarnardCollege student #TessaMajors. Police still looking to speak with a third person. A $2,500 reward is being offered for info leading to an arrest. https://t.co/myYM8eUVes
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) December 12, 2019
According to police sources cited by The New York Daily News who claim to have seen surveillance footage of the attack, two men approached Tessa on the steps.
They asked for money and stabbed her in the stomach, face, neck and under the arm several times before they fled. She seems to have fought.
She crawled back up the steps to a Columbia University guardhouse, but the guard made her round.
When he came back she had passed out. The teenager was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
No one has been arrested, but The New York Post cites unnamed police sources who say detectives are questioning several persons of interest. They are investigating whether Tessa’s death is connected to a recent spate of robberies in the area.
As a University community, we mourn the tragic loss of one of our students, Tessa Majors, and send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. Read the President’s letter to our Columbia-Barnard community: https://t.co/ZJsp9fT5F5 pic.twitter.com/jEDMbK0IFO
— Columbia University (@Columbia) December 12, 2019
Tessa Majors Suspect
A 16-year-old boy, who police sources described as a known robbery suspect, was initially taken into custody from a nearby housing project not long after the attack but he was released without charge on Thursday.
He was reportedly wearing a green jacket that was similar to one that a witness claimed one of Tessa’s attackers was wearing.
There was also a trail of blood leading into his apartment which police sources described as a ‘hub of criminal activity’.
ABC initially reported that a group of teenage boys was being questioned over the incident but that remains unconfirmed by the NYPD’s deputy commissioner’s office which is releasing information about the attack.
Barnard College Official Statement
Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock sent a message to students, writing, “Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life. We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our community.”
“With broken hearts, we share tragic news about the death of one of our students. Earlier this evening, Tessa Majors, a first year student at Barnard, was fatally injured during an armed robbery that occurred off campus in Morningside Park.
Dean Grinage and I have spoken to her parents and Tessa’s family is en route to NYC. We are also in close touch with the New York Police Department as they conduct this on-going investigation and seek to identify the assailant in this horrible attack.
Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life. We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our community.
This is an unthinkable tragedy that has shaken us to our core. Please know that we are all grieving together and I am thinking of you as we process this awful news as a community.
In these difficult circumstances, it is important for us to take care of each other. The Furman Counseling Center will be open all night tonight and throughout the day tomorrow. We encourage anyone in need of support to come… In the days ahead, please know that all of our campus resources are available for you as we mourn this heartbreaking loss together. I encourage you to reach out to the following additional on-campus resources as needed… We will provide you with updates as they become available to us. Barnard and Columbia Public Safety are coordinating closely with the NYPD. We remind all students that public safety provides 24/7 escort services and students are free to reach out with any questions or concerns (212-854-6666).
To our entire Barnard community, I am in mourning with you and am here for you. Tonight and in the days ahead, please hold Tessa and her family in your hearts and keep each other close.”
We’ll have an update on the investigation later this morning.
Tessa Majors Suspect Killer Teen 13 Arrested
A 13-year-old boy will be charged in the
Police found a knife on him after conducting a search. He later confessed that he and two others murdered Majors.
He told investigators that he and two friends attempted to rob Majors and stabbed her. Police are now looking for the two other suspects.
Who is Tessa Majors Suspect Killer
He was taken into custody on Thursday on weapons and trespassing charges after being found in a building where he did not live, the sources said.
The boy was wearing clothing which matched a description of one of Tessa’s attackers, the sources added.
The NYPD Deputy Commissioner’s Office is refusing to comment on or even confirm the arrest.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- The underage teen was arrested on Friday – he is one of three suspects wanted for the crime
- Tessa was brutally stabbed as she entered Morningside Park on Wednesday
- Her attackers demanded money and she put up a fight
- The teen was stabbed repeatedly in the stomach, face, and neck
- NYPD detectives have questioned multiple teenagers over the last 48 hours