A college student was found dead in Morningside Park with several stab wounds to her body, killed in an apparent armed robbery, police and school officials said.
The 18-year-old, identified as Tessa Majors from Virginia, was a first-year student at Barnard College, according to the school. She was found Wednesday evening by a security guard near an entrance to the park at West 116th Street and Morningside Avenue, police said.
There were multiple stab wounds to her face and body, according to police. A law enforcement source said a witness saw a group of people running from where the body was found. No arrests have been made.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the case tells News 4 people are looking into whether the deadly robbery may be connected to another nearby robbery from less than a week earlier. In that case, on Dec. 5, a 19-year-old man was robbed near 114th Street and Riverside Drive by two men who fled the park afterward, cops said.