NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Friends and family remembered a star student athlete who was killed in a brawl at a parking garage more than a week ago.
The grief was compounded by the fact that the only one facing charges in the confrontation is the victim’s father.
Thursday’s funeral for high school football star Isayah Muller struck a chord with family and friends, not just for the tragic circumstances that led to the teen’s death but for the potential that was cut short by what’s being described as a senseless act of violence.
“It wasn’t his time to go, at all,” said Isayah’s cousin Stephanie Muller. “I just want them locked up so bad. That’s my cousin.”
Two Bronx parking lot attendants allegedly got into a fight with Isayah’s father Andre on the night of the teen’s graduation.
Isayah’s father accused the attendants of stealing a $200 bottle of cologne from his car and allegedly attacked one of them with a shovel.
Police say the star athlete was stabbed to death by one of the parking attendants after coming to his father’s aid.
No one has been charged with Isayah’s death. His father was arrested and faces assault and other charges.
“The guy did pull out a knife,” said Isayah’s cousin Nancy Muller about the parking attendants. “That is certain. He [Andre] was not the aggressor. That was all self-defense.”
The entire incident remains under investigation.
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“We’ve never been on the other side of a catastrophe like this,” said Isayah’s Truman High School football coach John Shepherd.
For Shepherd, his star player’s death will forever serve as a reminder of how quickly someone’s actions can change a life or end it.
“I can’t emphasize enough how charismatic, how loyal a young man he was,” said Shepherd.” He will be sorely missed.”
Friends and family plan to petition the city to bring charges against the parking lot attendants involved in the brawl.
Andre Muller is due back in court in August to face the assault charges.