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Boy, 14, Arrested Over Alleged Murder Of College Student

Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection to the stabbing death of a U.S. college student in December.

Police said they arrested Rashaun Weaver late on Friday night (local time) over Tessa Majors' death.

Weaver faces second degree murder and robbery charges. He will be tried in a criminal court and is being charged as an adult.

"Sadly, it can not bring back this young woman. This student. This victim. That is something even the best, most impartial investigation simply can not do," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Saturday at a press conference.

Tessa Majors. Image: CBS

"What we can do is say that we are confident that we have the person in custody who stabbed her, and that person will face justice in a court of law," Shea said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Junior said the arrest is a "major milestone" on Majors' path to justice.

"And our journey to reach that milestone today was not a sprint, but rather, it was a painstaking, deliberate and meticulous search for the truth," Vance said.

Tributes flow for Tessa Majors. Image: CBS

Majors played in a rock band and friends say she was considering a career in journalism.

Police confirmed the Majors family is aware of these developments.

"The killing of 18-year-old Tessa Majors was a heartbreaking tragedy that brought unimaginable loss to her family and friends," police said.

Police previously arrested a 13-year-old who they said admitted to being in the park with two other teenagers. The 13-year-old said he was not the person who stabbed Majors.

The 13-year-old's case is being heard in family court.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested for the stabbing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors. Image: CBS

Majors, a freshman at Barnard College, was stabbed several times in Morningside Park shortly before 7pm (local time) on December 11.

She staggered up a staircase onto the street where a school security guard found her and called 911. Barnard is part of Columbia University.

Vance said the criminal complaint paints "a gruesome picture of what this young woman endured in her final moments".

"As alleged, some of the last words she was known to have said was 'Help me, I'm being robbed,'" Vance said.

According to the complaint, evidence against Weaver — who turns 15 in two months — includes DNA recovered from Tessa's fingernails. Vance also mentioned "video evidence, the blood evidence, the smart phone evidence, the iCloud evidence, the witness identification and the defendant's own statements".