MANHATTAN — A 14-year-old boy arrested in connection to the fatal stabbing of Barnard College student Tessa Majors is expected to appear in court Wednesday.
Rashaun Weaver is being charged as an adult and will be held at an undisclosed, age-appropriate juvenile facility. Weaver is accused of stabbing the college freshman on Dec. 11, according to prosecutors.
Majors was in Morningside Park on the night she was killed. Wounded, she stumbled up a flight of stairs to street level and collapsed near a campus security booth.
It is alleged her last words were, “Help me, I’m being robbed,” according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
A 13-year-old boy was previously charged in family court in connection with the student’s death, though he is not accused of stabbing her.
He told police one of his friends grabbed Majors from behind and another friend stabbed her before taking items from her pockets, officials said. The 13-year-old boy is accused of picking up the knife after his friend dropped it.
Another 14-year-old boy was questioned several days after Majors’ death, but he was later released without charges, police said.
A third suspect was taken into police custody Wednesday, according to the NYPD. The teen was being processed at the Manhattan district attorney’s office, police said.
Following the stabbing, residents of the community called for beefed-up police patrol and improved lighting at the park.
NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo said additional resources have been deployed to both sides of Morningside Park.