“It is a real pleasure to study in Manhattan in the heart of New York”, repeats itself every day the sparkling Tessa Majors. At just 18 years old, the brilliant student from Charlottesville, Virginia, won, through her good academic results, her entrance ticket to the prestigious Barnard College, located in the north of Manhattan, between Central Park and Harlem. The girls’ faculty is affiliated with Columbia University, one of the most renowned in the United States. Barnard College is ranked among the Seven Sisters, the very select club comprising the top seven girls’ colleges on the East Coast, the equivalent of the famous Ivy League for boys.
Renowned for selecting “brilliant, original and multidisciplinary knowledge” students, Barnard College appreciated the personality of the high school student with dyed green hair. A consecration that made the pride of his high school at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. Studying for four years in this faculty is the guarantee of a bright future. Passionate about journalism and ecology, the young girl also plays bass with her group, Patient 0, which had just given her first concert in New York.
In the wrong place at the wrong time
But, this Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the studious Tessa only has her first semester exams in mind. She wants to pass her exams to fully savor the Christmas holidays with her family who have stayed 500 km from her, in Virginia. Can’t wait to reunite with her mother, Christy, and share long conversations about art with her father, Inman, writer and college professor. This autumn Wednesday at the end of the day, when night has just fallen on the city that never sleeps, between two intensive review sessions,
“Tessa has decided to clear the mind and take the path alone towards the park near Morningside located in the Harlem district”, relates a relative. In the wrong place, at the wrong time, the student will not return from her walk. She was found dying, around 7 p.m., on the steps at the entrance to the park, by a guard from the faculty. Body lacerated with stab wounds, Tessa succumbs to her wounds at Mount Sinai Hospital. No witnesses witnessed the assault.
The following weekend, a thousand people pay homage to him
Since the start of the year, 20 people have reported having their smartphones or money robbed in Morningside Park, up from seven the previous year. The city, now accustomed to a low crime rate, is in shock. Gone are the days when you can walk in a park at nightfall?
“It’s terrifying to think that this can happen anywhere,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference the day after Tessa’s murder. “It’s amazing to me that this can happen. perform here, next to one of our finest college campuses. ” New York is in turmoil. The following weekend, a thousand people gather on the steps of the park to pay homage to Tessa.
The three perpetrators are teenagers aged 13 and 14
Analysis of surveillance camera videos seized in the park will reveal that Tessa was indeed attacked by three individuals. We see the young woman defending herself and biting the finger of one of her attackers in an attempt to free herself. It was at this moment that the latter stabs her violently several times before fleeing. Worse, on the images, it appears that the thieves are teenagers. The three attackers have since been arrested.
The youngest, 13 years old at the time of the facts, pleaded guilty to theft and made an agreement with the prosecutor in exchange for his testimony against the two other attackers. Aged 14 at the time of the crime, one of them is the one who stabbed the young woman. In particular, prosecuted for murder, they will be tried as adults. “Tessa shone in this world and our hearts will never be the same again,” her family said, bruised. Teenagers will go to jail for the assassination of the promising Tessa, killed for the handful of bills she had in her pocket.
At 18, Tessa was selected by the prestigious Barnard College in Manhattan. © INSTAGRAM / TESSMAJORS