Horror in Morningside Park: Trying to make sense of the killing of Tessa Majors
Added 12-14-19 04:25:03am EST - “The murder of 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors, stabbed to death inside Morningside Park, allegedly by a group of teens who were robbing her, has understandably captured the city's attention.” - Nydailynews.com
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The murder of 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors, stabbed to death inside Morningside Park, allegedly by a group of teens who were robbing her, has understandably captured the city’s attention.
It is agonizing to absorb the brutal killing of a promising young woman new to the city, who was embracing New York for its seemingly endless possibilities.
So too should it shake the collective conscience that the first two people charged in connection with her killing are 13 and 14 years old. The prospect of an eighth-grader committing a homicide should be unthinkable.
We must also confront fears about Morningside Park itself, which carries a decades-long reputation for dangerousness. It abuts the Columbia and Barnard campuses but, in an oft-divided city, has been considered off-limits to them, as well as to many worried families in Harlem.
This spring and fall in and around the park, cops tracked a series of violent assaults perpetrated by very young teenagers. Morningside, at just 30 acres, had the most robberies of any city park so far this year. It is terribly late to connect such dots.
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