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Teen sentenced to maximum for killing of Barnard student Tessa Majors, parents speak on their grief [View all]

Source: ABC News

Teen sentenced to maximum for killing of Barnard student Tessa Majors, parents speak on their grief

Tessa Majors, 18, was stabbed to death while walking through a Manhattan park.

By Aaron Katersky and Emily Shapiro
October 14, 2021, 3:38 PM 7 min read

Luchiano Lewis was sentenced Thursday to the maximum of nine years to life in prison for his role in the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.

Majors, 18, was stabbed to death on Dec. 11, 2019, in upper Manhattan's Morningside Park, just off the campus of Columbia University.

Lewis, who was 14 at the time and charged as an adult, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree robbery last month.

+ MORE: Barnard murder: Teens planned to rob male before picking Tessa Majors, suspect said, per police testimony
https://abcnews.go.com/US/manhunt-underway-14-year-suspected-barnard-stabber/story?id=67773876

The two other teens arrested in connection to the slaying were 16-year-old Rashaun Weaver, who has pleaded not guilty, and a 13-year-old juvenile who pleaded guilty and is serving his sentence.

Lewis said the three middle school friends plotted to rob people in the park and pinned the idea on Weaver. Prosecutors said Weaver wielded the knife.

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Previously at DU:

Fri Dec 13, 2019:

13-year-old charged in fatal stabbing of Barnard student; others sought

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Source: NBC News

13-year-old charged in fatal stabbing of Barnard student; others sought
College freshman Tessa Majors, 18, was stabbed repeatedly in Morningside Park, not far from Barnard's campus.

Stabbing death of 18-year-old student shocks college community

DEC. 13, 2019 01:36
Dec. 13, 2019, 8:42 AM EST / Updated Dec. 13, 2019, 12:29 PM EST

By Elisha Fieldstadt

A 13-year-old has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors in a New York City park, according to multiple senior law enforcement officials.

The teen faces charges of second-degree murder, robbery and a weapons-related charge, the officials said. His specific role in the death was not immediately clear.

The juvenile was apprehended at about 11 p.m. Thursday, and as of Friday was not being charged as an adult.

Investigators are seeking two other people whom they believe had a role in the attack.

Majors, 18, was stabbed repeatedly in Morningside Park, not far from Barnard's campus, before 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the New York Police Department.
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Majors, who was from Virginia, played in a band and had recently played her first gig in New York City, according to her Instagram. She graduated from St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville this year before beginning at Barnard, according to an obituary in the Augusta Free Press, where she interned in spring.

"Tess was a light that shined brightly and our hearts will never be the same," the Majors family said in a statement. "She was very special and very loved."
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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/18-year-old-barnard-student-s-fatal-stabbing-leads-arrest-n1101381

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