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Slain Barnard College student mourned at private memorial

A Barnard College freshman, who was fatally stabbed in a New York City park earlier this month, was recalled at a private memorial service at his alma mater school in Virginia.

December 22, 2019 at 2:32 AM

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia –
A Barnard College freshman, who was fatally stabbed in a New York City park earlier this month, was remembered by friends and classmates on Saturday at a private memorial service at his Virginia high school.

Those who knew Tessa Majors gathered at St. Anne's Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, local media reported. Music featured prominently at the meeting, along with poetry readings and personal testimonies from those close to her.

Majors had played in a rock band in New York and had told an editor of a high school newspaper internship that she planned to take journalism classes in college. She was attacked on December 11 in a park near the school campus in New York.

More than 25 young musicians and friends of Majors performed many of their favorite songs on stage, starting with Paul Simon's "Graceland" and ending with "Prom Queen," a song she wrote for her band, The Daily Progress reported.

“Essentially, Tess had a very large band and I was part of it. You are too, ”friend Nahlij Corbin told those present, according to the newspaper.

The ceremony also included poetry readings and other observations from friends and classmates. It was not open to the general public or the media.

St. Anne's school principal, David Lourie, said the diverse crowd talked about the influence Majors had on people.

“Each of us can share stories about Tess and how our time with her at school, at camp, at the music studio, on stage, having a cup of coffee, made us feel better, made us more optimistic about the future.” he said, according to The Daily Progress.

The newspaper reported that a Majors video recorded during the time was played in St. Anne's. In it, she described how she found a way out of expressing and understanding her own feelings in songwriting and encouraged others to share their feelings and embrace their vulnerability.

"The world will benefit from hearing your unique perspective much more than your silence," she said in the video recorded last May.

Majors' death in a park near Barnard's campus bothered many in New York City because of its apparent randomness.

Police said up to three youths faced the 18-year-old. So far, only one 13-year-old boy has been arrested. He is accused as a young man of willful murder and other charges. Police said the young man acknowledged that he was with the group facing Majors, but said he did not stab her.

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