Death shook the Harlem community around the all-women’s college
One of three teenagers who stabbed a New York City college student to death inside a park in 2019 pleaded guilty to all charges against him on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old filed a guilty plea for second-degree murder and first- and second-degree robbery in connection with the death of Tessa Majors, her attorney Alex Padilla told Granthshala News.
“We are aware of today’s proceedings which include a second guilty plea,” the Major family said in a statement. “We are firm in our belief that all parties responsible for Tess’s senseless death will be held accountable, and we are deeply grateful to the many people who continue to pursue that goal.”
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“In particular, we would like to thank members of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department for their tireless and intense efforts,” the family said. “We have placed trust in his work from the start and appreciate his hard work and the compassion he shows us.”
Padilla declined to comment on the case, but disputed other reports that said his client was cooperating with prosecutors against his co-defendant, who is also 16. He denied that this was the case.
Granthshala News has contacted the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which declined to comment.
Another suspect, who was 13 at the time of the stabbing, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery last year and was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest.
Outside the courtroom on Tuesday, the juvenile’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said: “It was not a premeditated murder as we heard inside. These were 14- and a 13-year-old boys, and we must remember that,” WABC TV informed of.
Prosecutors allege that three teens tried to rob Major, an 18-year-old Barnard College freshman major, in Morningside Park on December 11, 2019, while they were looking for people to rob.
The youngest suspect first told a court that he and two of his accomplices had entered the park with the intention of committing a robbery. After resisting robbing the first man, the teen tells detectives that his friend “dropped the knife” while putting Major in the chokehold. The juvenile suspect picked up the knife and handed it back to his friend, then stabbed him in the throat, and then saw his friend stab the Major.
The Charlottesville, Virginia, native was found dead near a stairway in the park with multiple wounds. She stumbled up a flight of stairs to street level and fell.
The death left the community around the all-women’s college, which sits near Columbia University and Harlem, for many New Yorkers to dread and fear again about the days when night walks through the park were dangerous. was considered.
A 16-year-old suspect who confesses to his crime faces a life sentence. He is due back in court on October 18.