Arrests Made In Fatal Shooting Of Basketball Star Tayshana Murphy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Arrests have made in the killing of a New York City high school basketball star.

Tyshawn Brockington, 21, and Robert Cartagena, 20, were captured in South Carolina on Wednesday. They are accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Tayshana Murphy earlier this month.

DCPI confirms that both men were arrested by South Carolina’s regional fugitive task force. They are awaiting extradition to New York.

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The senior at Murry Bergtraum was shot in the head in the Grant Houses in Morningside Heights.

Murphy, known as “chicken” at home and on the court, was also considered one of the top girls basketball players in the city and was ranked as the 16th best point guard in the nation for her class by ESPN.

“She was very much liked by the other players on the team and the other students in the school and she was very much respected. She was a leader,” said her coach Ed Grezinsky after. “Very senseless because she had everything to live for. She was a great kid.”

Investigators already had arrested a third man, 24-year-old Terique Collins, in the case for criminal possession of a weapon.

Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • M i s t e rC l e a n

    Anyone know if the suspects or victim ever used t o ! l e t paper? Someone please tell me. I need to know.

  • Steph StarG

    i didnt know the young girl but as they talk about her she was an amazing young girl, i go to Long Island City Highschool and everyday i see alot of young kids most likely friends of hers with chain pictures of her thats really something that made me smile,i walked up broadway on Friday September 16, 2011 it was literally more than 100 friends,familys etc you name it in front of the funeral home,across the streets,a traffic of cars for her in the streets,up the blocks everywhere,the respect they have for “Chicken” is really sweet. R.I.P Chicken you will always be remembered in many hearts.

  • Peggy benjamin

    The young men will need to tell what really took place, the one that was gang beaten and all the fights that led to this tragic death, Someone will be doing time for the murder, but the communities are all hurting. No one knows the pain
    or impact of something happening to people with families. May God continue to lift the communities out of this sorrow occurance. May we continue to pray for the Murphy Family and fight the federal goverment in changing the gun laws.

  • Bigbrostyx Walls

    This kind of insanity has to stop.Get a lot more of God in your lives,learn to love yourselves and others will surely follow.


    Inner city equals violence, simple as that

    • MIKE

      YOURE AN IDIOT!!!!!

  • princeton1991

    Even an Afgan prison isn’t good enough for these guys.

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