A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Tessa Majors, a Barnard freshman who was killed in December 2019 in Morningside Park, New York, police and prosecutors announced Saturday.
Rashaun Weaver is facing two counts of murder in the second degree — one count of intentional murder and the other a felony murder — and multiple counts of robbery.
He is being charged as an adult.
Dermot F. Shea, the New York City Police Commissioner, said at a press conference he was “confident that we have the person in custody who stabbed her.”
Vance said that Majors’ last words were “Help me. I’m being robbed.”
Majors, of Virginia, fought back against the three young teens who tried to rob her, police have said.
Vance said in the charges against the 14-year-old, “we will be very careful to safeguard all the rights he has.”
“Only a fair process will result in true justice for Tessa Majors,” he said.
The 14-year-old will return to court on Feb. 19. His attorney has not responded to a request for comment from ABC News.