The murder of Tessa Majors, a freshman student at Barnard College in Manhattan, has shocked many. A 13-year-old boy is now the main suspect in the case and will be charged with murder.
The teenager has implicated two other people and authorities are looking for one of them.
The brutal murder took place in an upper Manhattan park on Wednesday when the life of a female student of the Barnard College was taken away by a couple of males who attacked the young woman intending to mug her.
The 18-year-old freshman, Majors, was reportedly found at around 5:30 p.m. by the patrolling school security guard.
The murder took place on the grounds of Morningside Park, which is near West 116th Street and Morningside Drive since the victim was discovered bleeding there.
As police reports currently suggest, the young woman was approached by the teenager and two other people, who started hitting her and stabbing her repeatedly.
Also, police investigators gathered proof that the freshman attempted to climb up the stairs leading outside the park and to Morningside Drive, as there were drops of blood leading in that direction.
The police report also states that Majors tried to stop the attackers from robbing her and defended herself as well as she could.
As a result, the victim suffered multiple stabs all over her body, including her face, neck, and limbs.
When the security personnel discovered the freshman, she was immediately brought to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, but she died there.
Police officers uncovered Marjors’s identity with the help of the victim’s smartphone, which was left in the vicinity of the crime scene.
After the unfortunate event, the president of Barnard College, Sian Leah Beilock, issued a statement on Wednesday night, saying how the whole college community was mourning the devastating murder of the young woman.
Beilock’s statement read: “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.”
The tragedy got a lot of reactions online and quickly took a political turn for some.
One person argued: “So glad liberals jumping up & down over criminal justice reform and closing down jails – what this city & country needs is more jails & longer sentences – not less.”
A second observer stated: “Given that the suspects are 13-14 years old, without known histories of violence, that logic isn’t applicable and would not have prevented this crime. This is a tragedy and not a political story or fight.”
A proponent of the Second Amendment chimed in with: “2nd amendment works, trust me. Another innocent life gone. Condolences to family, tragic!”
Morningside Park was often linked to crimes in the 1970s, but things had gotten better around 2001.
However, the murder rate has gone up this year, and local politicians are struggling to explain what is behind this increase.