Freshman Tessa Majors, 18, was discovered by a school security guard inside Morningside Park near West 116th Street and Morningside Drive at around 5:30 p.m., according to the sources.
She had been beaten and stabbed by a group three or four men at the base of some stairs.“Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life,” college President Sian Leah Beilock said in a statement Wednesday night.
“We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our communi ty.” Police investigating the crime scene found a trail of blood indicating that Majors had tried to make her way back up the park stairs toward Morningside Drive, the sources said.
Preliminary information suggested that Majors was stabbed several times in the face, neck, and under her arm. She apparently had put up a fight when the men tried to rob her, the sources added. A security-guard post was nearby, but the sources said that the guard was on patrol at the time of the stabbing.