A 13-year-old boy confessed to the brutal murder of an 18-year-old college student in a Manhattan park, police say.
The boy, who has not been named, was found while police searched the area of Morningside Park on the upper west side of New York City on Thursday evening.
Tessa Majors, a first-year student at Barnard College, was found beaten and stabbed in the park on Wednesday. Authorities said she was killed during a robbery.
The boy was arrested on Thursday and charged for criminal transgressing. While police searched him, they found a knife. Authorities also said he was wearing clothes that matched a witness description of the suspect.
Police said the teen was charged with murder, robbery and weapons charges after he admitted to the fatal attack, telling police he and his two friends stabbed Majors as they tried to rob her, according to CBS.
Another juvenile suspect is being questioned by police, who are still searching for the third alleged attacker.
Majors was on a flight of steps leading into the park when she was approached by a group of teens who demanded her property, then stabbed her several times in the face, neck and torso, according to police.Nazi death camp survivor turns 100 on Holocaust remembrance day
A blood trail leading up the stairs indicated that she tried to leave the park and make her way toward school security booth at the top of the stairs – but the booth was empty and she collapsed on the sidewalk.
The guard, who had been out conducting rounds, returned approximately a half hour later and found Majors unresponsive in front of the booth.
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Police responded to the scene and found Major’s uncharged phone 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.Invasion Day protests as Australia marks anniversary of British colonisation
Majors was a first-year journalism student at Barnard College, an all-women liberal arts college.
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.’