High School Basketball Star Killed

Basketball phenom, Tayshana Murphy, 18, was shot and killed in her NYC housing project Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Another life has been cut down and a New York community  torn apart by the loss.  The young woman that was killed was a promising basketball player who may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time and associated with the wrong people.

Tayshana Murphy, 18, just began her senior year playing basketball for Bergtraum High School for Business Careers in Manhattan.  She transferred to the school last year and according to the New York Times, was already a stand-out point guard for the school. Murphy was shot and killed at 4 a.m. Sunday morning in her building hallway in the Grant Houses public housing project where she lived in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan. Her coach, Ed Grezinsky referred to her as “playground legend” and said, “She was an all-city caliber player.” 

According to her mother Tephanie Holston, others told her that they believe it was a case of mistaken identity.  Some men from another housing project had a problem with some others in Grant earlier and came back that evening to retaliate. Murphy was amongst a crowd of people that scattered when the men returned and was chased into the stairwell where she was killed.

Read more about this senseless crime here.

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