Tessa Rane Majors was found unconscious with multiple stab wounds near Morningside Park in Upper Manhattan Wednesday evening, police said. She was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to an NYPD statement.
The incident is under investigation, and there have been no arrests so far, police said.
A person of interest was being questioned on Thursday in connection with the case but has since been released, according to two police sources.
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 a first-year student at Barnard College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Manhattan that sits just outside Morningside Park, alongside Columbia University.
The school’s president, Sian Leah Beilock, said in a statement that Majors “was fatally injured during an armed robbery that occurred off campus in Morningside Park.”
“Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life,” Beilock said. “We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our community. This is an unthinkable tragedy that has shaken us to our core.”
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