Suspect In Custody After Freshman Tessa Majors Stabbed To Death In Manhattan Park – CBS New York
Sources told CBS2 a suspect was in custody early Thursday morning, but that person has since been released.
Police said Tessa Majors was attacked around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday inside Morningside Park near 116th Street in Morningside Heights. She managed to drag herself to a Barnard College security booth before collapsing.
A security guard found the first-year student covered in stab wounds to her face and stomach. She was rushed to a hospital, where she later died.
School officials said police believe Majors was the victim of a knifepoint robbery gone horrible wrong while walking alone near the campus.
Sources told CBS2 witnesses said they saw more than one person – possibly teens – running from the park around time of the killing.
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 enroute 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.”
The school said counseling services will be available throughout the day Thursday.
- Furman Counseling Center: 100 Hewitt Hall, (212) 854-2092
- Dean of Studies Office: 105 Milbank Hall, (212) 854-2024
- After-hours psychological emergency line: (855) 622-1903
- International SOS for students who are abroad: +1-215-942-8478
In a tweet, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city stands with the college faculty and students.
The close-knit community at Barnard College is in shock right now.
We’ve lost a young woman full of potential in a senseless act of violence.
I want every student and every member of faculty to know your city will be with you in the days ahead. https://t.co/3c783OOrDL
“The close-knit community at Barnard College is in shock right now. We’ve lost a young woman full of potential in a senseless act of violence,” he tweeted. “I want every student and every member of faculty to know your city will be with you in the days ahead.”
Anyone with information about the deadly stabbing is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting 274637.