Why Tessa Majors' murder could prove a turning point for NY

Cheryl Sanders
December 13, 2019

The New York Police Department arrived at the scene at around 5:30 p.m. and found Majors unconscious with multiple stab wounds, according to The New York Times. She suffered multiple stab wounds, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Majors was reportedly stabbed in the face, neck and under her arm by two men who attempted to rob her, sources said. Once at the top, she collapsed outside of an empty security booth, which is where the guard found her after completing his rounds.

Earlier Wednesday, police encountered a known robbery suspect, 16, who was also wearing a green jacket.

How banal, you could say, and you're right - except for the incalculable loss for the Majors family, Barnard College, and a city that is now at the height of a return to a bad past.

"Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life", she said.

Her cell phone was found a short distance away, but she did not have a purse or wallet on her, the source said.

Police have increased patrols around the campus and park.

No arrests have been announced, but Harrison said several people were being questioned.

Investigators combing the area for evidence Thursday recovered a knife but were not certain if it was connected to Majors' death.

'This is an unthinkable tragedy that has shaken us to our core. "We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our community", Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock wrote in a letter to students late Wednesday, according to the outlet.

'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 awful attack'.

"The close-knit community at Barnard College is in shock right now", New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet.

"Morningside Park?" said a woman who works on the Columbia University campus that's adjacent to the park, "I saw [the information online] and my heart dropped".

Barnard College is an all-women's school in Manhattan with more than 2,600 students.

PHOTO: Police tape cordons off an entrance to Morningside Park along Manhattan's Upper West Side, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in NY.

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