Police: 14-year-old charged in death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors

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NEW YORK (AP) — A 14-year-old has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Barnard College student in a Manhattan park in December, authorities said Saturday.

(She was the great-niece of former Tennessee football coach Johnny Majors.)

The male suspect has been indicted by a grand jury and was taken into custody Friday night without incident, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a news conference.

18-year-old Tessa Majors was stabbed as she walked through Morningside Park early the evening of Dec. 11. She staggered up a flight of stairs to street level and collapsed in a crosswalk.

The attack, two days before the start of final exams at the all-women’s school, troubled city residents because of its proximity to campus and its apparent randomness.

The suspect is being charged as an adult with one count of intentional murder and one count of felony murder, officials said.

An arraignment is set for Wednesday, officials said.

Majors played in a rock band and had told an editor from a newspaper internship in high school that she planned to take journalism classes in college.

Barnard is part of the Ivy League’s Columbia University.

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