An 18-year-old Barnard student was pronounced dead on Wednesday night after being found with multiple stab wounds at 116th Street and Morningside Drive, police said.
Police were called at 5:36 p.m. to 116th and Morningside where they found the woman, a police spokesperson said. She was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The spokesperson had few details to release about the crime. There had been no arrests made as of 10:50 p.m. The woman’s name had not yet been released. (update: she was identified as Tessa Majors)
The Daily News reported that the woman was walking down a set of stairs into the park when “a group of young men confronted her and tried to rob her, sources said.” One of the men stabbed her repeatedly, the News reported.
The News said that police took a 16-year-old from the nearby Grant Houses into custody but the police spokesperson had no information on anyone being taken into custody.
“In an alert to the community, Columbia Public Safety reported that the suspects are two or three individuals who are thought to have fled south through the park,” the Columbia Spectator reported. That alert said the crime occurred around 6:45 p.m.