It is now claimed that Tessa Majors, the Barnard College student, who was murdered by a teen, was attempting to buy drugs when the horrific incident took place.
A suspect, Zyairr Davis, 13, has been arrested as NYPD sergeants hunt for several other teens who were involved in the brutal stabbing.
According to the authorities, Majors was at the Upper Manhattan park to buy drugs on Wednesday night.
One of the young woman’s friends, who prefers to remain anonymous, told the police that she was hoping to score some weed.
The friend, who spoke to the police, appears not to be aware of the identities of the drug dealers that 18-year-old Majors was supposed to meet.
Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins had the following to say about the matter while talking to radio host John Catsimatidis on The Cats Roundtable: “Here we have a student murdered by a 13-year-old, we have a common denominator: marijuana.”
The Virginia native and musician was discovered that same evening by a school security guard.
According to a statement made by the security guard, Miss Majors’ body was covered with multiple stab wounds to her face, neck, and arms.
On Thursday, police confirmed that they have arrested Davis, who had teamed up with two middle-school boys to rob Majors. It is not known what led to the deadly stabbing on the teenager.
Davis told law enforcers that he took part in the robbery but not the stabbing.
NYPD Detective Vincent Signoretti, who spoke to Davis, explained: “Mr. Davis picked [the knife] up and handed it back to [his friend], and then Mr. Davis watched his friends grab the victim, put her in a chokehold and remove items from her pocket.”
An unnamed 14-year-old was arrested, but he was quickly released — meanwhile, the third teen, who allegedly stabbed Majors, has still not yet been apprehended.
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My #instagram account is generally one of my escapes, filled with idealized images of the city I love like no other place. Today, however, my heart isn’t of joy, but of anguish for Tessa Majors, the Barnard College freshman who was mugged and murdered this past Wednesday evening in Morningside Park. (For those who are unfamiliar, Morningside Park borders on one of its sides both Barnard College and Columbia University.) Tessa’s senseless death has shaken my soul and the souls of countless New Yorkers to the core, as a young woman who had so much to offer was taken away far, far too soon. Thus, this post is a tribute to her, something of a therapeutic outlet for me (much as that’s failing at the moment), and a look at some of the memorials and gatherings being held in her memory. To her family and to the Barnard and Columbia communities, my deepest condolences. #nyc #tessamajors #barnardcollege #columbiauniversity
Mullins also slammed New York officers for not having a better handling of the marijuana situation in the city: “We don’t enforce marijuana laws anymore. We’re basically hands-off on the enforcement of marijuana. I understand the mayor made statements that this is surprising on how this can happen in New York City. I really have to question what world he’s living in to think that this is surprising when we are watching the city slowly erode, with shootings, stabbings, an increase in homicides, and, most importantly, a hands-off policing policy.”
He added: “Something needs to change, and it needs to change quickly, or it’s gonna be very difficult to put the genie back in the bottle.”
Many took to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to call him out for disrespecting Majors’s memory.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter: “Think of Tessa’s parents, her friends. This is heartless. It’s infuriating. We don’t shame victims in this city.”
On Sunday, a vigil was held to remember and pay tribute to Majors.