A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged within the stabbing demise of a New York college scholar, authorities stated Saturday, in a case that’s being carefully watched as a consequence of its racial dynamics.
Tessa Majors, 18, a freshman at Barnard Faculty, was attacked by three teenagers as she walked by means of Morningside Park on December 11.
The park separates the celebrated Barnard Faculty and Columbia College from Harlem, the predominantly black neighbourhood in Manhattan’s northwest.
Majors, who was white, was discovered simply outdoors the park bleeding closely, the prison grievance stated. She had been stabbed a number of instances within the chest and died at a hospital.
Rashaun Weaver, 14, who’s black, was accused of stabbing Majors. He had been needed for a number of weeks and was arrested with out incident Friday evening.
Weaver will probably be tried as an grownup on second-degree homicide and theft prices, Manhattan District Lawyer Cyrus Vance stated.
“We’re assured that we now have the particular person in custody who stabbed her, and that particular person will face justice in a courtroom of legislation,” New York police chief Dermot Shea instructed a information convention.
Vance stated investigators have video and DNA proof and instructed the suspect had incriminated himself on an audio recording.
A 13-year-old alleged confederate was additionally charged however will probably be tried in juvenile courtroom.
The occasions evoke reminiscences of the 1989 “Central Park 5” case when 5 black and Hispanic teenagers have been wrongly convicted and sentenced to jail for the rape and assault of a white feminine jogger within the well-known park.
Vance instructed the sensitivities of the most recent case contributed, partly, to the delay in charging Weaver.
“We’re coping with a 14-year-old and we will probably be very cautious to safeguard all of the rights that he has as we go ahead with this case,” he stated.
“I need New Yorkers to know that we’re recommitting at this time to equity on this case as a result of solely a good course of will end in true justice for Tessa Majors.”