Sep 11 - Tayshana Murphy, teenage basketball star, gunned down in case of mistaken identity

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Sep 11 - Tayshana Murphy, teenage basketball star, gunned down in case of mistaken identity
 

 

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A teenage basketball star was fatally shot in the head inside a Manhattan housing project Sunday morning, in what her family believes was a tragic case of mistaken identity.

Tayshana Murphy, 18, named by the Daily News last year as "one of the top girls basketball players" in the city, was slain in Harlem's Grant Houses at about 4:10 a.m., police said.

She was trying to outrun a gunman in a fourth floor hallway of the building where she lives, witnesses said.

"She was pleading for her life," said friend Teka Taylor, 22, who was with Murphy when the violence erupted.

"She was saying 'No, please, I don't have nothing to do with it.'"

Murphy, known on the courts by her nickname Chicken, had on Thursday started her senior year at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers on a basketball scholarship. Several colleges were actively recruiting her, her family said.


Murphy, nicknamed Chicken, was being scouted by colleges for her skills on the court. (Bryan Pace for News)

"She said 'Mom I'm going to get you out of the projects,'" said Murphy's mother, Tephanie Holston, whose shirt was stained with her daughter's blood Sunday morning. She had tried in vain to save her daughter before emergency workers arrived.

"She loved basketball, she lived and breathed basketball," Holston said.


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Murphy had been hanging out with her mother and brother outside the housing project when neighbors got rowdy, witnesses said. Murphy was chased into the building when a scuffle broke out.

Witnesses said they believe Murphy, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, was mistaken for a boy who had earlier fought with a group of men from a nearby housing project.

"They caught her on the fourth floor and they had her at gun point and they shot her in her head," Taylor said.

"The gun went off three, maybe four times - I heard it."

Murphy died at the scene. There were no immediate arrests.



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 6 years ago '05        #2
WestbankThugBoy 23 heat pts23
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R.I.P. Chicken.....sad story
 6 years ago '04        #3
memyselfni 9 heat pts
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scum who was going nowhere with their lives probably did this. they will be caught eventually and i hope they get life in prison.
 09-11-2011, 04:52 PM         #4
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R.I.P.

Sad Day around the WORLD..
 6 years ago '04        #5
Adwerdz 320 heat pts320
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nuttin new in the projects of ny, same old sh*t different day

ain't nuttin but trouble in the streets that late/early morning

r.i.p to her, life cut short trying to make it out

only a few make it out like myself
 6 years ago '09        #6
K0ntrast 63 heat pts63
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Rip to her
 6 years ago '05        #7
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Tayshana Murphy, 18, named by the Daily News last year as "one of the top girls basketball players" in the city, was slain in Harlem's Grant Houses at about 4:10 a.m., police said.

Murphy had been hanging out with her mother and brother outside the housing project when neighbors got rowdy, witnesses said. Murphy was chased into the building when a scuffle broke out.
word? hangin out in the projects at 4 in the morning led to trouble? who'da thunk
 6 years ago '10        #8
JudasHatesJesus 146 heat pts146
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 Kooper said:
Still don't see how you can hold a gun to a person's head and end their life..

let alone a female.
and a young one at that...

wtf is wrong with people today
 09-11-2011, 05:18 PM         #9
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sad story..RIP tho
 6 years ago '06        #10
Yung Dilla 1479 heat pts1479
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rip but why are you hanging outside in a bad project at 4 am?
 6 years ago '06        #11
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tallulahmademe 14 heat pts14
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rip but damn she look like she was a lil strong
 6 years ago '10        #13
jayjay2 11 heat pts11
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why they put that second piicture of her in the story... she was aiiight witht he first one..... but stilll rip
 6 years ago '07        #14
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sad sh*t.this is all ova my fb.i just cant undastand wtf a h.s bball star is doin outside in tha p.j's at 4am
 6 years ago '07        #15
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 6 years ago '06        #17
King Allister 36 heat pts36 OP
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She was trying to outrun a gunman in a fourth floor hallway of the building where she lives
 6 years ago '11        #18
King Henry 548 heat pts548
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My friend was cool with her. RIP
 09-11-2011, 06:58 PM         #19
Little Dice 
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 King Allister said:
She was trying to outrun a gunman in a fourth floor hallway of the building where she lives
but it was a case of mistaken identity

if she happened to outrun him, she would have bought herself time

hopefully, the gunman would have realize he was after the wrong person during that time

but you're right though, outrunning a gunman where you live, he KNOWS where you live
 6 years ago '08        #20
YoungRay20 290 heat pts290
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Said some much young talent dying from gun violence. I still remember the 16 year old who got shot in Chicago recently.
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