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Boy, 13, arrested in killing of US college freshman

NEW YORK – A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Barnard College student in a park near the school’s New York City campus, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said on Friday (Dec 13).

The boy was charged with murder in the slaying of 18-year-old freshman Tessa Majors and is expected to be tried as a juvenile delinquent in family court, said the people, who were not authorised to speak publicly about the case and did so on condition of anonymity.

As many as three attackers were involved, police have said, and the president of Barnard College said Majors was stabbed during an armed robbery.

Authorities on Thursday questioned two people who were later released, police said.

New York police spokesman Andrew Lava declined comment on the arrest of the boy but Police Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted later that detectives “are making significant progress, and we will have major updates to announce very soon.”

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