MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan — A teenage girl was stabbed to death in a Morningside Park attack Wednesday evening, police said.
The 18-year-old victim, Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors, was repeatedly stabbed near West 116th Street, an NYPD spokesperson said. Responding officers found her unconscious at the scene.
She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased, police said.
During a press conference Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD officials discussed the “horrifying” incident, adding that they will make sure an incident like this never happens again.
While police don’t know the exact number of people involved in the attack, they believe one to three people encountered Majors, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.
One of the suspects then pulled out a knife and stabbed the teen multiple times. She staggered to the street where she was eventually seen by a security guard who called 911, according to Harrison.
Though no arrests have been made, Harrison said police are currently questioning two minors and their guardians.
Authorities also said a knife was recovered at the scene, but investigators aren’t certain if it is connected to the incident.
The college said Majors was attacked during a robbery, but police could not confirm if the incident was connected to a robbery.
In a statement, Barnard said the tragedy “has shaken us to our core.”
“Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life,” wrote Barnard President Sian Leah Beilock. “We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our community.”
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