High School Athlete From Harlem Stabbed To Death After Graduation

Victim's Father Pleads Not Guilty For His Alleged Role In The Deadly Incident

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A high school football star was killed just hours after graduation during a dispute at a parking garage in the Bronx.

Isayah Muller was known for his love of football, and his star quality hardly went unnoticed. The 19-year-old from Harlem led his Truman High School team to a victory in the Public Schools Athletic League Bowl Championship last fall and was planning to start college in the fall, but his promising career came to an end Tuesday night.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: A Star’s Life Cut Short

Police said Isayah and his father, Andre Muller, had just left Truman’s graduation when the teen’s father noticed something was missing from his car.

Authorities said Muller’s father accused the attendants of stealing an expensive bottle of cologne he had bought as a gift for his son. A fight ensued in which, police said, the father attacked the attendants with a shovel.

Isayah was stabbed in the chest in the ensuing fight. His father, mother and girlfriend rushed him to a nearby clinic but Muller later died.

“I just remember seeing him in graduation. And it was just heartbreaking — heartbreaking news,” classmate Sheikh Hussain told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

“I remember telling him, remember me when you get to the NFL, and now it’s like I will never forget him,” Hussain said.

“All I know is he graduated, and from graduation to a funeral — that’s all I know,” Muller’s cousin, Moet Muller, told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Andre Muller appeared in court.  He was charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was still wearing his blood-stained shirt during his appearance, declining an offer to change clothes because it was his son’s blood.

Muller was arraigned and pleaded not guilty.  He will be back in court on Aug. 4.  The judge set bail at $10,000 bond or $2,500 cash.

Myrna Valentin, Andre Muller’s mother, said she believes her son was acting in self defense.

“Now they’re trying to say it’s his fault. It’s not fair,” she said.

Police released two parking attendants who were being questioned. The Bronx DA was taking over the case.

Police sources said when the boy saw one of the attendants take out a knife, the star running back came to his father’s defense.  Multiple cameras captured the melee on surveillance video, police reviewed it, and filed no charges against the attendants.

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Friends gathered behind Truman High School to remember Isayah Muller (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Friends, teammates and classmates met for a somber gathering in the endzone behind Truman High School Wednesday.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: Mourning The Loss Of A Star

Coach John Shepherd said his one-of-a-kind running back was also a star off the field.

“As charismatic a kid as you could ever meet; great sense of humor, great sense of confidence,” Shepheard said. “Just when things were looking their most bleak, Isayah would literally trot over with a smile like, ‘Hey coach, I have a secret for you, I’m about to win you the game. Four words: I got you coach.”

“It’s truly heart shattering to think of the future that he’s been denied,” he added.

Team captain Jose Tavares was going to room with Isayah in college. Tavares said he will never forget the last time he saw Isayah — shaking his best friend’s hand at graduation saying “We did it.”

“My last memory of him was saying bye, ‘Isayah, I’ll see you later; we’ll be celebrating tonight,'” Tavares said. “I just left and never got to see him again.”

“Nobody’s ever going to forget Muller, number 21,” another teammate said.

Just months ago, in an online interview, he was talking about his championship win.

“Everybody was really excited for us. Some people doubted us,” he said.

He grabbed the attention of everyone in that game after running 290 yards and making an 80-yard touchdown.

What’s your reaction to this tragedy? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Thugs and sons

    The father was appropriately charged with assalt and should be charged with murder because his son was killed during the commission of a felony but I guess they will let that slide due to his grief. He is an ex-con and I guess this is the only negotiating skills that he learned while locked up for armed robbery and selling heroin.
    Well, he doesn’t have his nice meal ticket any more. All because of a stupid bottle of cologne that probably slid under the seat!

    • ciarastep

      shut up

  • jose martinez

    I clearly see that the parking employee forgive the life of that animal he could have cut the his head with the machete

    Why black people always act like animals, but if they are harmed they are the first to call the police and are the poor victims.

    Thanks they had surveillance cameras because if not the employees could be judged as the bloodiest murderers and those animals as the poor victims.

  • Lexianne

    Nathan, your sarcasm make me want to vomit!!

  • thatguy

    to (Very conservative)….I can definitely tell your family inbreeds. Your taking up space just being alive

  • T-angelica

    Would you say that if it was your family??

  • Bell Toller

    The victims father is to blame as he attacked the parking attendant with a shovel.

    If he felt the parking attendants stole something from his car all he had to do was call 911.

  • cecelia

    This is so heartbreaking. May this family be surrounded by the comfort of the Lord. My heart goes out to them.

  • Mrs. I. Understand

    The apple never falls far from the tree. We as parents especially mothers work extremely hard to care for and protect our children. Boys some how follow in the footsteps of their fathers as the girls follow the mothers.
    If the father has a harsh, irrational ticking time bomb disposition the son will automatically adopt that.
    Fathers are not just the donors they MUST set an example..a postive..decent productive example in order for his son to pave a good path in life.
    Children learn by what they see and hear, and it starts in the home.
    It’s definitely a shame that this child was so assertive in school but yet the person who he probably looked up to was the cause of him losing his life. His father will carry this with him for the rest of HIS life knowing his decision and choices is the reason his child is gone.
    They must be taught from birth to walk away from a fight because you live to see another day.
    May he now rest in peace !

  • Nestor Delgado

    The father will have to live with his bad example for the rest of his life. It’s unfortunate his son died for his misdeeds and hot headed behavior but that is the nature of karma. You reap what you sow.

  • Joseph Didonato

    Over a stupid bottle of cologne!!! why didnt they just call the police, this is a terrible waste of life. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Daniel Day-Lewis

    Now why did the parking attendants were released after questioning. Could it be that the father struck his own son by accident. And where did a shovel fit in this situation?

  • Jill


    WHO CARES ?…HIS MOTHER, HIS FATHER (who perhaps could’ve disbursed the situation) AND HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY !!

    • what?

      YOU bcfgtr are a waste of space. You probably don’t even care about your self.

  • liz

    A Tragedy!!! How Senseless!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart goes out to his parents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    May he R.I.P.


    Its very easy to generalize and place blame on either ignorance, or an individual, or the races involved from incident to incident. fact of the mater is that its not a racial thing its a sociological problem. a poverty driven problem. those that don’t have are forced to take and that environment creates people who are on edge and just don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves and their loved ones. also those that don’t have treasure what they do have with more importance than your average person. The would have’s and should have’s are infinitely endless in positive and negative directions. should have called police yes. could have been 2 murders instead of one. The situation is what it is. what matters is the now and the support for the victims involved. Every negative thing being posted is something being thought and felt 10xs worse by the family. but being so desensitized we cast judgement and comment as if it were ok. No amount of blame or suggestions will change the situation. Please keep that in mind. I personally knew him he was on the right track and worked hard to get there.

    • GigiBSweeter

      Kudos. God Bless You. Everybody wants to have a take on the situation. Nobody except the parties involved can say what happened. Whatever transpired on that fateful day cannot be changed or altered. However, it can be avoided. What is most disturbing is that a fruitful life, full of promise, has been taken over a bottle of cologne. The young man won’t even get to wear it. That same bottle of cologne has now become priceless behind the life that was taken for it. Three lives for sure, will have to simmer on the “what if’s” and “should have’s”. My condolences go out to the family and loved ones who are now subjected to simmer on this as well.

    • RODELU

      Well said DJIGNISHUN, this is beyond race. Has nothing to do with anything these heartless people are posting comments about. This is about a young promising life that was cut short, but some adults who could not control themselves. Crazy and unfortunate. ….. my prayers go to the family.

  • HelloNY

    Um, why isn’t the parking attendant facing murder charges?

    • GigiBSweeter

      Good question…. where’s the good answer?

      • HUGO

        I heard it might have been self defense that’s why.

  • bronxbl

    I used to park in that parking garage on a monthly basis. The attendants were nasty and rude. I stopped parking there. So sad for this young man and his family.

  • ThisistheTRUTH

    Dominicans are hot headed, all of em.

    • thisisit

      ThisistheTRUTH, your an Idiot!

  • Mr. Shaw

    You don’t know any whites that were killed as a result of an argument? what the hell does color have to do with it?

  • jtorres

    An accusation, followed by a denial, turns into an argument, then a screaming match, a shoving match, a fight and finally a murder. How any times have we seen this? It should have ended at the denial. You either call the police – to make your point- or you let it drop. When will people learn that you never know who you’re getting into with in NY and nothing is worth your life or the life of a loved one? Pathetic

    • TonyDaAnt

      JTorres.. I agree with you 110%.. “It should have ended at the denial.”

      Seriously… all this over a bottle of cologne…
      I DON’T CARE WHO STARTED… a young man lost his life over a fuqn bottle of cologne.. That couldn’t have cost more than $100.. Really a bottle of cologne???

      I don’t get it!!!.. Maybe someone in NYC can explain to me intellectually, why these sense death continue to happen?
      That is why I left NYC as soon as I was able…
      Sorry this young man wasn’t able to beat the odds, like I was… :(

      • TonyDaAnt


    • ShoeQueen61'

      With EVERY breath I take–I couldn’t agree with you more!!! Whether you have an altercation in the BIG city or out in the confines of the suburbs–you just don’t know… I’m very sorry that this young man didn’t even have a chane to live his life. This is extremely sad and could have been avoided!!!

  • Jennifer

    I guess the cologne or perfume was more important than his family. why would you instigate a fight for something that is not important. Who brings someone to a clinic after there loved one just got stabbed. A clinic is for strep throat, virus….. not for a stabbing. Mom and pops and girl friend didn’t have enough common sense or education.

    • GigiBSweeter

      Jennifer, we are talking about NY. Honestly do you think calling 911 would have been a better solution? How long would it have taken for EMT to get there? Longer than it would his family driving him to the closest place available to medical attention, I’m sure!

    • Max

      I am sure they rushed him to the closest medical facility
      Would you be thinking clearly in that instnace

    • saint

      what do education have to do with anything, wow so much lack of compassion! YOU TRY BEING IN THAT SITUATION and see if your mental state is at 100%! the only thing that was probably on their mind was saving there son! so they went to the nearest medical center!

    • Greg

      …and I suppose that you would have done better in the realization that your son became a violent crime victim and was in distress…yeah, thought so..

      • Mr. Shaw

        Sorry, I should have indicated that my reply was to Jennifer.

    • Mr. Shaw

      You are commenting as if you were there. Do you realize that a simple disagreement can lead to an an altercation which can lead to a death? We don’t know if the parking attendant attacked first. Don’t question the loyalty of the mans family because Im sure you don’t know him. We should pray for the family because it sounds like we lost a productive member of society to nonsense.

    • Simpleton

      Maybe that was the closest place. When your in that situation, your just trying to reach any type of help.

      • jennifer

        Not when your son is stabbed. you call 911 and they rush him to the nearest hospital. They say you should never move a person who is under distress. You can do more damage than good.

  • Jill

    @ Lisa Lee…You are the definition of an ignorant person
    You have now informed the world of just how stupid and useless you really are.
    This child was hispanic and might I add very smart, perhaps he could have taught you something because evidently your mother did not.
    Crime has no color it can happen to the whitest and darkest.


    • GigiBSweeter

      Jill…. I love you…..don’t even know you. BOOYAH!!! You have just given the reply of the year!!!

      The whitest and darkest get hit. The richest and poorest get hit. The oldest and youngest get hit. Now hand me a shovel so I can knock the hell outta Lisa Lee!



    • Scott

      I couldn’t have said it better if I tried, Jill. May I add, I hope the person who killed this young man is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is so sad. No matter the reason, it should never never happen.

  • Lillie

    What a senseless tragedy. This young man was apparently an intelligent and aspiring young man, it’s a shame that his father had to resort to violence oppose to calling the police to resolve this matter.
    This child has now lost his life revolved around a bottle of cologne that could easily be replaced.
    What a shame, my thoughts and prayers are with his mother. As a mother of three men, we send our children to school for a better life and try and protect them from the negative elements.
    May he rest in peace.

    • dumb people

      oh yes, they seem like a very intelligent group of people…..beating someone with a shovel over a cheap bottle of cologne……… thats nobel peace prize material there….

  • Bell Toller

    The victims father is the person blame. Why didn’t he call 911 and file a police report.

    You cant just accuse someone without proof.

    • Fgs

      Don’t place blame unless you were there! The news doesn’t get the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say,

    • Harold

      …like YOU just did?

  • Daniel Day-Lewis

    What do you mean its a typical thing that could happen to a Black. Being white as myself that is a racist remark sir. Anyway the victin was hispanic. Get your news straight. Listen and read to other sources before you make a judgemental statement in life.

  • nathan

    Nathan hasn’t posted anything here – not sure what you mean Lisa. Its just a tragic story and so senseless.

    • nathans brother

      if someone has a problem with my little brother, you can take it up with me!

  • joecup

    The father should have called the police, or he should have just walked away. He let his emotions get the better of him and now his son is dead, tragically.

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