NEW YORK – One of the top high school girls basketball stars in the country was shot dead Sunday in her New York building after she and her friends got into a fierce altercation with a group of young people.
Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy, 18, was with friends at a party around 4:15 a.m. E.T. at a housing project in Harlem when the other group arrived and an argument ensued.
Murphy was shot once in the head when she tried to escape Witnesses speculated that Murphy, who was wearing a hoodie, may have been mistaken for someone else.
A crowd of 75 neighbors gathered outside the girl's home screamed with grief as her body was taken from her apartment to the Medical Examiner's van around 10 a.m. Sunday.
"Back up, back up, that's my baby," Tiffany Holston, Tayshana's mom, said. She 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," Holston said. "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."