- Aug 27, 2011
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Tayshana Murphy, teenage basketball star, gunned down in case of mistaken identity: family
BY ERIK BADIA AND BARRY PADDOCK
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Joy Keh for NewsTayshana Murphy, 18, was shot and killed while running from the gunman, police say.
A high school basketball star was fatally shot in the head inside a Manhattan housing project Sunday morning in a slaying her family believes was a tragic case of mistaken identity.
Tayshana Murphy, 18, one of the top-rated basketball players in the country, was killed in Harlem's Grant Houses at about 4:10 a.m., police said.
She was trying to outrun a gunman in a fourth-floor hallway of the building where she lives, witnesses said.
"She was pleading for her life," said friend Teka Taylor, 22, who was with Murphy when the violence erupted.
"She was saying 'No, please, I don't have nothing to do with it.'"
Murphy, known on the courts by her nickname Chicken, had on Thursday started her senior year at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers on a basketball scholarship. Several colleges were actively recruiting her.