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09-11-2011, 05:47 PM
Top girls basketball star shot dead in Harlem after partying with friends
By C.J. SULLIVAN and BOB FREDERICKS
Last Updated: 4:39 PM, September 11, 2011
Posted: 10:39 AM, September 11, 2011
One of the top girls basketball stars in the city was shot dead early today in her Harlem building after she and her friends got into a deadly beef with a pack of young thugs.
Tayshana “Chicken”¯ Murphy, 18, was partying with pals about 4:15 a.m. at the Grant Houses at 3170 Broadway in Morningside Heights when the other group arrived and an argument started.
Murphy, who was wearing a hoodie, may have been mistaken for a man as she tried to get away - but was shot once in the head.
A crowd of 75 neighbors gathered outside the girl’s home screamed and became hysterical with grief as her body was taken from her apartment to the Medical Examiner’s van about 10 a.m.
“Back up, back up, that’s my baby,”¯ said Tiffany Holston, Tayshana’s mom, who kissed the body as it was placed in the van.
“Thirty minutes before [she was shot] she was dancing and smiling with her friends, talking about the new school year and team,”¯ said Holston. “I have to hold it together, I’m in my own zone. You see how everyone loved her.”¯
The 5-foot-6 Tayshana was a senior at Murry Bergtraum High School, a scholastic hoops powerhouse.
There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
A scouting report on ESPN.com said: “Murphy has a lot of bounce in her squat, strong 5-7 body. She also has very good speed and nice, quick feet at the defensive end, where she can be quite effective if she elects to compete. Her 3-point shot is fairly stationary, but Murphy has nice form on a jump shot to just shy of the arc.”¯
09-22-2011, 07:09 AM
Thugs sought for Harlem basketball star shooting nabbed
By DOUG AUER and JOSH SAUL
Last Updated: 7:00 PM, September 21, 2011
Posted: 6:19 PM, September 21, 2011
Tyshawn Brockington (L), Robert Cartagena.
The two men being hunted for the fatal shooting of a Harlem basketball star 10 days ago were nabbed today in a South Carolina hideout, The Post has learned.
Tyshawn Brockington, 21, and Robert Cartagena, 20 -- who had been wanted for allegedly gunning down Tayshana (Chicken) Murphy on Sept. 11 inside the Grant Houses -- were picked up earlier this afternoon in Columbia, S.C., by the Regional Fugitive Task Force, sources said.
The men were hiding out in the residence of a girlfriend, sources added.
They are awaiting extradition and are expected to be charged with murder, sources said.
Murphy was hit three times during the shootout that stemmed from an ongoing feud between rival gangs at the Grant Houses and the nearby Manhattanville Houses, cops have said.
Earlier this month, Terique Collins, 24, was arrested for allegedly supplying the gun that killed Murphy. He has been charged with weapons possession.
Murphy was a senior at Murry Bergtraum HS and one of the top basketball point guards in the country.
09-21-2014, 07:45 PM
Slain teen’s family sues over faulty locks at housing project
By Kathianne Boniello
September 21, 2014 | 2:48am
The killers who gunned down a beloved high school basketball star in the stairwell of her Harlem housing project got in because of busted locks, her family claims in a lawsuit.
Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, 18, was murdered in September 2011 amid escalating violence between gangs in the neighboring Grant and Manhattanville Houses.
Robert Cartagena, 23, and Tyshawn Brockington, 24, were each convicted in Murphy’s murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Her family filed a suit earlier this month against a Queens company, CLC Communications, it says was responsible for fixing the locks and intercoms at the Grant Houses.
A manager for CLC Communications denied the allegations.
04-14-2016, 04:13 PM
Brother of slain basketball star found guilty of revenge murder
By Rebecca Rosenberg
April 14, 2016 | 6:39pm
Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy was murdered in 2011. Photo: Kendall Rodriguez
A violent thug was convicted of murder Thursday for the gang-related shooting of a rival who had mocked the slaying of his high school basketball-star sister.
It took the Manhattan jury about one day to find Taylonn Murphy, 20, guilty of murder, conspiracy and other charges for the killing of Walter Sumter.
As the verdict was read, Murphy’s mother Tephanie Holston ran from the courtroom sobbing.
Murphy and a 102 other defendants were rounded up in 2014 in the largest gang takedown in city history.
A violent turf war had raged for decades between the Manhattanville and General Grant Houses in Harlem.
Murphy, a member of the gang “3Staccs,” shot rival Sumter of the gang “Money Avenue” after he posted a rap video online ridiculing the murder of his sister Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy in 2011.
Three gun-toting thugs from the gang “Make It Happen Boys,” which is aligned with “Money Avenue,” randomly pumped three bullets into Tayshana, 18, as retribution for an attack on one of their own.
The young girl, a rising High School basketball star who was ranked as the country’s 16th best point guard in her class, bled to death in the stairwell of her building.
Murphy faces 25 to life on the top charge alone when he’s sentenced June 24.
“The death of a teenager at the hands of another teenager is a tragedy that reverberates across an entire community,” said DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., in a statement. “The murder of Walter Sumter was far from man isolated incident. Young residents of the Manhattnville and Grant Houses were locked in a downward spiral of retaliatory shootings, resulting in the death and injury of scores of young men of color – a senseless, bloody turf war.”
Prior to the 2014 gang takedown, there were 10 homicides and 46 non-fatal shooting victims, according to statistics from the DA’s office. A year later, there was only one homicide and two non-fatal shooting victims.
06-25-2016, 07:14 AM
Brother of murdered hoops star gets 50 years for revenge killing
By Yijun Wang and Lia Eustachewich
June 24, 2016 | 11:39pm
Photo: Steven Hirsch
A Harlem gang member — and brother of slain high- school basketball star Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy — was slapped Friday with a 50-years-to-life sentence for murdering a rival thug by a judge who told him “you don’t seem to think too well.” :p
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin ripped Taylonn Murphy, 20, for not heeding several warnings to get on the straight and narrow — and out of the 3 Staccs gang.
“Mr. Murphy, you were warned not only by me, you were on probation,” McLaughlin said.
“A teacher, a coach . . . maybe other judges . . . and almost certainly the probation officer tried to communicate to you what would happen if you didn’t straighten out.”
In April, Murphy was convicted by a jury of fatally shooting Walter Sumter in 2011, just weeks after Sumter, 18, mocked his sister’s death in a rap video.
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