Stop The Violence: Girls’ High School Basketball Player Murked In Harlem When Gunman Thought She Was A Boy With Whom He Was Beefing

- By Bossip Staff

This nonsense just gets more ridiculous by the day.

An 18-year-old girl whose dream was to use her basketball skills to get her mother out of the projects had her life cut short early this morning on some bulls***.

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.

“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.

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.

What a horrible way to go…


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