One of the nation's top girls high school basketball prospects was gunned down inside her apartment building in what her friends and family say was a case of mistaken identity.

According to published reports, 18-year-old Tayshana Murphy, nicknamed Chicken, was shot and killed around 4:10 a.m. Sunday morning in the Grant Harlem housing projects.

According to the NY Daily News, Murphy, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, left a party at 4 a.m. with a group of friends from her housing project. She was confronted by a gunman and chased through an alley.

According to some who were at the party, Murphy was mistaken by her assailant for a boy who was wearing the same sweatshirt. She pleaded her innocence to the gunman.

"She was pleading for her life," Teka Taylor, one of Murphy's close friends, told the Daily News. "She was saying, 'No, please, I don't have nothing to do with it.'"

Hours after Tayshana was pronounced dead, her mother Stephanie Holston spoke to the NY Daily News about her daughter's dreams to move her out of the ghetto.

"She said, 'Mom, I'm going to get you out of the projects,' " said Holston who was still wearing a t-shirt stained with her daughter's blood. "She loved basketball, she lived and breathed basketball."

Murphy, who was rated the class of 2012's No. 16 point guard by ESPN.com's HoopGurlz recruiting site, was cited as one of the top girl's basketball prospects in the city by the Daily News. She had drawn interest from several colleges, her family said.

Tayshana's killer is still at large.

Thanks to loyal reader Leah S. for the tip.

  • yerkesbabe

    That's a damn shame!

  • OutsidetheBox

    I wish I knew that bastard.

    :cry:

  • KDub

    SO SAD....

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5ghXdq6Z0 Zoe B.

    I can feel the pain in that picture. This is terrible.

  • nawdog

    How is this a "gay pride" post?

  • Honycoatd

    May the Father embrace this child's family and friends. Senseless crime, that punk needs to be captured.

    On another note: she looks like Hoopz.

    :pray: For all affected

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    I :pray: for this girls spirit and her family and I :pray: they find her killer and severe justice is brought to him- Honestly how do you still shoot if she is begging for her life

  • lisaROSE

    horrible, thats y i stopped going to house parties in the hood and my butt be home before 12am!!!

  • Honycoatd

    Choco

    Because the shooter was a coward.

  • prynsexxx

    I hope that "No Snitching" contract done expired! How could they not tell it was a female when she was pleading for her life and STILL shot her? What is wrong with ppl?

  • Creamychic

    I cant with this post, this Fuggery makes me sick to my dam stomach, momma why was she out at 4 am in the dam morning, you need your arse whooped, I'm freaking pist Cause i have a daughter, "grown", and i still check her arse she is in by 12-1, and real talk she better not be at no dam club, which she hates, anyway. I just cant take it. this is so sad, and her mom, man, peopel keep ya dam children at home, this world aint like it use to be, you cant do the stuff we did in the early 80's and 90's, this is so messed up, let her get mad cause she cant go, if you feel that bad, take you behing with her and stand outside, i did that at my daughter highschhol dance, i was in the car waiting til they finished at 10:00 pm. and with her PROM i rented her a limo, but had my friend to drive them everywhere, say i am to prtotected, well yes, but she is 22 now and doing quite well, but i stayed on her arse.

  • http://twitter.com/jerrica_lewis Jerrica

    Choco,
    Some people just don't care which is so sad.

  • Mamacita

    So sad :(

    @Choco I was thinking the same thing. If she was pleading wouldn't the shooter know that it wasn't the right person? Sounds fishy...

    This is why I'm glad my parents kept a close watch on me and would have never let me stay out that late. You just never know what can happen during those hrs. The freaks some out at night!

    :pray:

  • prynsexxx

    RIGHT @Choco!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOzfujTwDIA NikkeMinxx

    Someone knows EXCATLY who did it and while I realize "snitching" is frowned upon I truly belive this is one of the cases where somebody needs to step up and tell it......

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOzfujTwDIA NikkeMinxx

    *EXACTLY

  • mrsloveleigh

    So sad...I'm so sick of hearing these cowardly stories. Folks too scared to get or give and ass whooping these days

  • Creamychic

    sorry the misspelled words, I was pist writing this.. cause i have a babygirl.

  • Dynasty

    Mamacita says:

    So sad

    @Choco I was thinking the same thing. If she was pleading wouldn’t the shooter know that it wasn’t the right person? Sounds fishy…

    This is why I’m glad my parents kept a close watch on me and would have never let me stay out that late. You just never know what can happen during those hrs. The freaks some out at night!

    --------------------------

    :co-sign:

    My mom wouldnt dare let me be out past 12, especially somewhere in the hood!

  • Honycoatd

    Well she might had been out late because it was in her projects. I think she was really close to home. :sad:

  • Ty

    Choco aka Hippie says:

    I for this girls spirit and her family and I they find her killer and severe justice is brought to him- Honestly how do you still shoot if she is begging for her life
    ________________________________________________________________________
    Just flat out heartless! Even if they thought she was a boy they knew she was girl when she spoke and pleaded for her life. It sounds like a gang initiation instead of mistaken identity. Some gangs require that you shoot, kill, or rape a random person to get initiated. We really need to get it together!! Praying for her family!! This is really sad.

  • Yall still crazy

    My heart goes out to the family.

    Creamychic, you need to check yourself, she just lost her daughter, you shouldn't be telling her that she needs her azz whooped IMO that's just not nice.

    No parent wants to bury their child. So sad....

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

    No parent should ever have to bury their child behind some stupid ish!!!! :no: RIP Tayshana :pray: for her family and friends.

  • http://mobile.twitter.com/iamwonderchick2 LesBinLuv

    This brought a tear to my eye...

  • http://myspace.com/afiya00 Afiya

    OH MY, this is just AWFUL!! Guns in the wrong hands is a deadly thing. May her family find comfort while she rests in peace. :SMH:

  • Mamacita

    @creamy :yes: My parents used to have a FIT when I would come in the house after a certain hr, even when I was in college! I thank God for them everyday. They see what we're too young and naive to see.

  • Yall still crazy

    There seems to be no value on anyone's life anymore...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

    Yall still crazy says:

    There seems to be no value on anyone’s life anymore…
    _______________

    Exactly!!! I just don't get it. What is sooo flucked up in your life that you have to take someone else's???? And I bet the damn shooter ain't no older than 20 or 21. :no: <----SMH

  • Ty

    Unpredictable says:

    Yall still crazy says:

    There seems to be no value on anyone’s life anymore…
    _______________

    Exactly!!! I just don’t get it. What is sooo flucked up in your life that you have to take someone else’s???? And I bet the damn shooter ain’t no older than 20 or 21. <—-SMH
    ______________________________________________________________________
    I agree and he is probably trying to be accepted by a larger group of dummies :(

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    do they have the dealth penalty in ny?

  • OutsidetheBox

    I never had a curfew. I was allowed to stay out late...then again I was never a child so...

    I do think we can equip our kids with tools for survival. Problem is, everybody aint "equipping" their kids.

    The shooter is somebody's child as well, ya feel me.

  • West Coast Chick

    Just sad :no:

  • Creamychic

    Yall still crazy says:

    My heart goes out to the family.

    Creamychic, you need to check yourself, she just lost her daughter, you shouldn’t be telling her that she needs her azz whooped IMO that’s just not nice.

    No parent wants to bury their child. So sad….
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    yes it is sad but its no excuse for this, that is a child, and yes i can feel the pain and moutrn the lost, we as parents have to take responsibility for our kids, if i lose my child it won't be because I let her do what she wanted, i'm the old fashion type momma, I gonna do my job, no matter how people see fit, it may seem a lil harsh in what i said, but somebody reading this gonna double check their children for now on, it may not be for you, but another parent gonna get this message, still love ya babygirl.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

    @OTB, I never had a curfew either. :no:

  • free

    i would agree w/you creamy except these kids are getting killed all hours of the day and night now. the black on black crime just makes me shake my damn head. we are our own worst enemy.

  • CFREE

    Lordy Mercy :pray: RIP

  • datsmdubya2u

    Holy G*d! this is sad.....Too many young men are being raised at extremes. What I mean is either they are spoiled and raised emotionally and mother takes up for him (not my baby!) so he doesn't know how to deal with emotions/anger or take responsibility for things that happen. OR the boy is neglected emotionally (he's a boy he don't need me huggin on him), yelled at or verbally abused (sitcho black azz down!, Ima beat the black offa you!, you ain't ish, stop cryin fore i buss you to the white meat) both ways of raising young black men can turn out twisted personalities who act without thought on impulse as soon as they face a conflict. These types think any affront to their "manhood" can only be settled by wiping the offender off the face of the earth. Impulsive emotional actors don't have time to verify the identity of their intended target. they are mad and want revenge only so they can get the immediate gratification of satisfaction that they have won whatever conflict they are in.

  • Yall still crazy

    Creamychic, I am just like you (just not yet, because he's only11) but I am strict. I just didn't like how hurtful it read to me. I hear you though :wink: & you're right, maybe other parents will do better now...

    -----------------------------------------
    I didn't have a curfew because my mom always thought that I was spending the night over my girl's house. Hmmmp.

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

    Sad! :pray: for her family!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    I wish I woulda brought my azz in after midnight on the weekends! My mama woulda broke her foot off in my azz so while my mother trusted me she made it known that she wasn't there to be my friend and I did was she said so there was no room for negotiating

  • amatrex

    Why did this young lady have to die so young? Such a senseless tragedy.

    The story does seem a little peculiar though. Most people can differentiate between a male and female (especially when they're begging for their lives)--that's why it's hard to fathom that the shooter actually thought he was taking the life of his victim, a male. :thinking:

    There are probably a lot more details that have yet to be revealed.

  • OutsidetheBox

    The funny thing about it @mirs is that I didnt really take advantage of it either.

    I was preggo at 15 but not out late. It was in the unsupervised daytime of summer. SMH.

  • Ty

    Unpredictable says:

    @OTB, I never had a curfew either.
    _________________________________________________________________________
    Maybe because we were cut from a differnet cloth. I didn't have a curfew either but my mom let it be known that the deadbolt locks at 1AM (when I turned 18) and it was up to me to decide which side of the door I was on. I never even thought about coming in after that time frame. In fact I was always early..she didn't play that shyt :no:

  • Yall still crazy

    Dat, you brought up some good points. Verbal communication and nonverbal communication is missing in today's upbringing.

  • Creamychic

    free says:

    i would agree w/you creamy except these kids are getting killed all hours of the day and night now. the black on black crime just makes me shake my damn head. we are our own worst enemy.
    ________________________________________________________________

    that's true free, but as long as you do your part in your child life, I dont won't to have to bury my child cause i was trying to be a friend, not saying this is what she was doing, but if my child lose her life it, not gonna be because mommy was slipping, hell I use to be with my daughter, every morning at the bus stop, hell and she was 16 yrs old, but i didnt care what nobody said about me, that is mine, and i was responsible for her, she did things, but i kept a close grip on here. but out at all we hours in the morning, no ma' me not mine. I am really sad at this story, cause i hear it so much, and it's not always the parents fault some of these teenagers are out of control,

  • OutsidetheBox

    What I mean is either they are spoiled and raised emotionally and mother takes up for him (not my baby!) so he doesn’t know how to deal with emotions/anger or take responsibility for things that happen. OR the boy is neglected emotionally (he’s a boy he don’t need me huggin on him), yelled at or verbally abused (sitcho black azz down!, Ima beat the black offa you!, you ain’t ish, stop cryin fore i buss you to the white meat) both ways of raising young black men can turn out twisted personalities who act without thought on impulse as soon as they face a conflict.

    Thank you for this. I was trying to articulate this very thing to my friend (offline) and i just couldnt with her!

    Her son is the issue really but she has even started in on her daughter. Tombout "if they hit her i told her to tear they ass up..." mind you, the baby is 2...in a daycare setting. SMH.

  • Yall still crazy

    Hey Brown :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

    OutsidetheBox says:

    The funny thing about it @mirs is that I didnt really take advantage of it either.

    I was preggo at 15 but not out late. It was in the unsupervised daytime of summer. SMH.
    ___________________

    :dead:

    I didn't take advantage either. I guess we just, "knew better." Moms always knew where I was, tho, without me having to call her.

  • Yall still crazy

    Ty, when the time comes I think that I'.m going to have to use that one "which side of the door do you want to be on"

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    Hey Yall!
    Sup MDUB

  • Ty

    Yall still crazy says:

    Ty, when the time comes I think that I’.m going to have to use that one “which side of the door do you want to be on”
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    @ Yall...it worked for me!! The party or :hump: was not good enough to miss sleeping in my warm bed.

  • RoderickXYZ

    Ok if the shooter was looking for a boy certainly he/she should have been able to tell by her voice that she was a female and not a male.

    Something tells me this is a case of jealousy not mistaken identity.

  • Yall still crazy

    Maybe ESPN can offer a Reward to anyone who provides information. This young lady had a future and she's not the only one--it's just that she is more famous than the young people in all of our cities, but this needs to stop....

  • Yall still crazy

    Ty says:

    Yall still crazy says:

    Ty, when the time comes I think that I’.m going to have to use that one “which side of the door do you want to be on”
    _________________________________________________________________________
    @ Yall…it worked for me!! The party or was not good enough to miss sleeping in my warm bed.
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    True, true... He's seen how the other side lives and he knows he's got it good--so I think that it'll work for him. Man, these kiddos grow up so quick!

    This past weekend I had to do alot of 9/11 explaining and it was hard! I am glad that I did not have to explain such nonsense back then, especially when I don't fully understand it.

  • free

    Creamychic says: that’s true free, but as long as you do your part in your child life, I dont won’t to have to bury my child cause i was trying to be a friend, not saying this is what she was doing, but if my child lose her life it, not gonna be because mommy was slipping

    ********************************
    yeah, i see what you're saying. also she was actually shot inside the building, where it's presumably lighted. there probably is more to this story. it seems like the shooter wanted her.

  • Ty

    Yall still crazy says:

    Ty says:

    Yall still crazy says:

    Ty, when the time comes I think that I’.m going to have to use that one “which side of the door do you want to be on”
    _________________________________________________________________________
    @ Yall…it worked for me!! The party or was not good enough to miss sleeping in my warm bed.
    ————————————————————-
    True, true… He’s seen how the other side lives and he knows he’s got it good–so I think that it’ll work for him. Man, these kiddos grow up so quick!

    This past weekend I had to do alot of 9/11 explaining and it was hard! I am glad that I did not have to explain such nonsense back then, especially when I don’t fully understand it.
    _________________________________________________________________________
    So true. Like someone stated above, parents see what kids are too naive to see.

  • Creamychic

    free says:

    Creamychic says: that’s true free, but as long as you do your part in your child life, I dont won’t to have to bury my child cause i was trying to be a friend, not saying this is what she was doing, but if my child lose her life it, not gonna be because mommy was slipping

    ********************************
    yeah, i see what you’re saying. also she was actually shot inside the building, where it’s presumably lighted. there probably is more to this story. it seems like the shooter wanted her.

    _____________________________________________________________

    I agree it seems to be more to this story, that is why i said get involved, it seems hard on these kids, i got friendgirls that say, she slammed her door, i cant talk to her, I'm like :blink: in your house, oh hell knall, , that is what i'm talking about. talking back , slamming doors, raising my voice, if i though about doing it, i will not even be having this converstaion today cause there would be no creamychic, real talk.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Z_k50ltkY&list=FLkTrUhydMKgdoSklonqR9ng&index=4&feature ELove

    @RoderickXYZ
    There is THINGS not being reported FACTUALLY regarding This Situation (No F-ing Doubt ABOUT IT !!!)

    @Creamychic
    TOTALLY AGREE !!! Responsible PARENTS Do THEIR Part and Others MAKE EXCUSES (Real) I HAD Relatives tell me I was Too Strict on My Daughter and I Told them TO Mind Your OWN F-U-C-K-I-N-G Business :coffee:

  • Creamychic

    ELOVE says:

    @Creamychic
    TOTALLY AGREE !!! Responsible PARENTS Do THEIR Part and Others MAKE EXCUSES (Real) I HAD Relatives tell me I was Too Strict on My Daughter and I Told them TO Mind Your OWN F-U-C-K-I-N-G Business
    ___________________________________________________

    great mommy :yahoo:

  • amatrex

    Furthermore, if people know for a fact that the shooter was intending to kill a male (which sounds suspect), then they must know the shooter or they witnessed the murder. Either way, somebody needs to come forward to tell what they know so the young punk can pay for what he has done.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Z_k50ltkY&list=FLkTrUhydMKgdoSklonqR9ng&index=4&feature ELove

    @Creamychic
    :nono: I'm a Proud FATHER Baby :coffee:

  • Creamychic

    Oh my bad great daddy :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    :dead:

  • http://youtube.com/user/Ateyaaa Ateya

    This breaks my heart to pieces....so sad...

  • Daisy

    So many perfect patties on this blog :rolleyes: Regardless she didn't deserve to die. May God comfort the family during this time this story is :sad: and heartbreaking.

  • http://www.ashland86.com TheRealAshland

    man, ... How do you mistake a girl for a boy, even if she is dressed like a boy.. As soon as she starts crying should have been able to tell she was infact the

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    But what I do believe is this young woman who lost her life will still get her mother out of the projects even in the after life - it's sooo sad and I'm angry but I will give this to my Lord and asked that swift justice is brought down on this cowardly killer!

    @Creamy
    I agree with you so much on how things aren't like they used to be in the 80's and 90's these young children and possessed and I just wish they would get right with GOD

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    This doesn't sound like mistaken identity to me. It says he ran straight up on her. We don't all look alike to each other so the same hoody thing don't make no sense. Furthermore, moms might want to consider getting herself out of the hood instead of waiting for her daughter's 40k a year WNBA contract to get out.

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Furthermore, moms might want to consider getting herself out of the hood instead of waiting for her daughter’s 40k a year WNBA contract to get out.
    ___________________
    This sound insensitive.... really insensitive

  • datsmdubya2u

    @OTB

    Thank you for this. I was trying to articulate this very thing to my friend (offline) and i just couldnt with her!

    ----------------------

    I fell out a somebody i've been friends with for years because of the way she treats her 2 lil boys. She screams at them 24-7 she says that's the only way the listen. They are starved of affection. The 1st gang leader that shows them any kind of friendship is gonna have 2 Gs for life. She can't see it. We've stop speaking. Child services really don't get involved with people who just cuss their kids out all day and ruin their self esteem.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    Bird how do you know the mother wasn't workin tryin to get them out the ghetto?

  • datsmdubya2u

    @luscious

    sup

  • datsmdubya2u

    @Bird

    I think the mother was just trying to relay her daughters generous and thoughtful personality. Not that she really was waiting on her daughter to "get her out of the projects"

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    Choco aka Hippie says:

    This sound insensitive…. really insensitive
    **************************************

    That's my opinion. I'm not a ghetto apologist. We all have our faults as parents, but there has to be a line at how neglegent you are willing to be with your kids. How many of you are from the hood? How many of you knew GREAT basketball/football players coming up in school that didn't even graduate high school or went to college and couldn't make it through one semester? This was a gifted young lady who from what we can see had inadequate parental supervision. I feel bad for mama. I really do, but does that mean I can't call a spade a spade? I pray she doesn't read Sandra Rose at a time like this, but if she were a friend of mine I would have said something to her about the child and tried to talk to the child myself when she started having behavioral problems.

  • datsmdubya2u

    but if she were a friend of mine I would have said something to her about the child and tried to talk to the child myself when she started having behavioral problems.

    -------------
    @bird
    where'd it say the girl had behavioral problems?

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    datsmdubya2u says:

    The 1st gang leader that shows them any kind of friendship is gonna have 2 Gs for life.
    ________________

    You're right. That's how they get them by showing them love they never got at home. Of course it's not really love but the boys won't know that because they don't know what love is. :no:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    @ Bird: I agree. He knew exactly who she was unless she sounds like a dude.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS says:

    do they have the dealth penalty in ny?
    _________________

    Only if you kill a law enforcement officer. Everything else is 2nd degree murder.

  • http://Twitter.com/Juana4ev Joja86

    Still confused how she was mistaken for a dude wearing the same sweatshirt...if she was able to plead with the shooter, they couldn't tell it was the wrong person? Was her hood still on? Might be more to this story but RIP. So sad. She would have had a bright future it seems.

  • datsmdubya2u

    Sandra Rose says:

    datsmdubya2u says:

    The 1st gang leader that shows them any kind of friendship is gonna have 2 Gs for life.
    ________________

    You’re right. That’s how they get them by showing them love they never got at home. Of course it’s not really love but the boys won’t know that because they don’t know what love is
    _______________________

    Yes that's true. people want to know why some young people are so angry...they say it's poverty and lack of opportunities..well that's some of it but a lot of it is because they come from an angry, chaotic, drama filled home. Mama's always mad, got drama going, cussing somebody out or telling somebody off so that's the behavior they model...they wanna fight at the littlest thing.

  • chase

    She supposedly got shot due to her brothers beef earlier in the day. The killer knew who she was and just wanted to kill her since they couldn't get to her brother.

    This is a sad story I also was able to do what I wanted to do growing up thankfully I knew my own boundaries and I rarely surpassed them. I had respect for myself and knew that doing wrong would come back to haunt me as I got older!

    May she rest in peace, these NY streets are beyond crazy..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Z_k50ltkY&list=FLkTrUhydMKgdoSklonqR9ng&index=4&feature ELove

    ^^^
    THAT Kind of Bull-Shyt goes on Here in The Chi Too F-ing Often (Real) Far Too Many Sissy-n-Punk-Azz MALES running the Streetz Nowadayz SMDH

  • militaryspouse1

    This is so sad. My heart really goes out to her family and friends. This is why my kids stay on lock down. They think its because I dont trust them, but its because I dont trust others!

  • mgrimesii

    SO SAD..... RIP

  • http://twitter.com/jaysreallife Jay Bee

    coward!