The aunt of a 13-year-old boy charged in the murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors denies that he’s responsible.
“We don’t know what’s going on,” the aunt said in an interview with The New York Daily News. “I’m sorry for that young woman, I am sorry for her family. But I know my nephew did not do this.”
The boy was reportedly arrested for second-degree murder, robbery, and a weapons charge. Police say up to three individuals robbed Majors at Morningside Park in Manhattan Wednesday evening. One of them stabbed the victim, officers said. Majors was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.
New York City police arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the murder of a college student in a city park this week. Tessa Majors was stabbed multiple times with a knife on Wednesday during a robbery https://t.co/QelpgmZaW2 pic.twitter.com/wUydl1UUut
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 13, 2019
The boy did not confess to the murder, but did implicate himself, according to an official speaking with The New York Times.
“He didn’t do this,” said the teen’s aunt through sobs, according to the Daily News. “My nephew did not do that.”
Police said they are looking for other suspects allegedly involved in the case.
In the horrific murder case of 18-year-old @BarnardCollege student Tessa Majors, I can tell you that the best @NYPDDetectives in law enforcement are making significant progress, and we will have major updates to announce very soon. pic.twitter.com/9tfVug2g3W
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) December 13, 2019
“This is an unthinkable tragedy that has shaken us to our core,” Barnard President Sian Beilock said in an email to the campus community Thursday, according to The Columbia Spectator. “Please know that we are all grieving together and I am thinking of you as we process this awful news as a community.”
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