Am 18 year-old student bled to death while crawling for help after being stabbed by teenage muggers in a Manhattan park, police said.
Tessa Majors, a first-year student at New York City’s Barnard College, died after the attack at Morningside Park in the upper west side of Manhattan on Wednesday night.
She was on a flight of steps leading into the park when she was approached by a group of teens who demanded her belongings, then stabbed her several times in the face, neck and torso, according to police.
A blood trail leading up the stairs indicates that she tried to make her way out of the park toward a school security booth at the top of the stairs – but the booth was empty and she collapsed on the sidewalk.
The security guard, who had been out conducting rounds, returned approximately a half hour later and found Majors in front of the booth.
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Police responded to the scene and found Major’s phone uncharged on the sidewalk. They also found a gravity knife and a woman’s hat at the base of the stairs.
One reported witness who called 911 said that one of the suspects had been wearing a green jacket, according to ABC News.Nazi death camp survivor turns 100 on Holocaust remembrance day
Earlier Wednesday, police encountered a known robbery suspect, 16, who was also wearing a green jacket.
Officers investigated a location where the suspect is known to hang out, where they found a trail of blood leading to the location, which authorities have not specified.
A group of teenagers was reportedly questioned by police early Thursday morning.
Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock released a statement in the wake of Major’s death, writing: ‘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.’
Majors was reportedly a journalism student at Barnard College, an all-women’s liberal arts college.