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Tessa Majors, Barnard College freshman, stabbed to death near Columbia

The stabbing death of a college student at a park just one block from Columbia University has stunned the New York institution’s community.

Tessa Majors, an 18-year-old freshman at Barnard College who hailed from Virginia, was fatally stabbed at Manhattan’s Morningside Park during a Wednesday evening attack, authorities said. Barnard is a liberal arts all-women college that’s part of Columbia.

“With broken hearts, we share tragic news about the death of one of our students,” Barnard President Sian Leah Beilock said late Wednesday in a letter to the campus. “This is an unthinkable tragedy that has shaken us to our core.”

Police said around 7 p.m. they responded to a call reporting an assault at the park and found an unconscious woman with multiple stab wounds. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

There have been no arrests. Police Chief Rodney Harrison said Thursday two minors were questioned — they were later released — and a knife has been recovered, though it’s not clear whether it was the one used in the killing.

The initial police report set the timeline of the call at 5:30 p.m. Harrison said it was shortly before 7 p.m.

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Harrison said there were between one and three assailants involved in the attack, which he described as “a despicable crime,” and added: “It’s all hands on deck and we’re going to do a thorough investigation and bring these people to justice.’’

Beilock said she has notified Majors’ parents and they were heading to New York from their home in Charlottesville, Virginia. The victim’s father, Inman Majors, is the author of six novels and an English professor at James Madison University.

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