This mess got way out of hand and a track star is dead now because of this melee:
ALBANY — A 19-year-old man charged with murdering Albany High School track standout Tyler Rhodes in Hoffman Park told jurors Wednesday he harbored no ill will toward the slain teen — and tried to convince the alleged attacker to leave.
Dhoruba Shuaib, of Albany, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder on allegations he restricted the movements of Rhodes as the track star was fatally stabbed by 17-year-old Jah-Lah Vanderhorst. Prosecutors say Vanderhorst also handed his knife to Shuaib, who handed it back to him before the stabbing.
The April 30, 2011 incident was largely captured on a teenager’s cellphone camera. A copy of the video was entered into evidence and obtained by the Times Union. The video was shown at length Wednesday as Shuaib took the stand.
Shuaib testified that morning he took the test to become an Albany police officer, which he later passed. He said he napped, then went to the park to play basketball about 4 p.m., and ran into Vanderhorst along the way.