Cops seek 2 men in shooting

Updated: September 14, 2011, 10:00 AM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Police are looking for two men in connection with the shooting of Tayshana Murphy, the 18-year-old Murry Bergtraum senior girls basketball player who was shot and killed Sunday morning. The individuals are Robert Cartagena and Tyshawn Brockington.

They are both wanted for questioning after being seen on video at the scene of the crime, according to the New York Daily News.

"They are seen in the video with guns in their waistbands," New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly said, according to the Daily News.

Police also arrested 24-year-old Terique Collins on Monday for criminal possession of a weapon after he was observed on video in possession of a weapon at the Grant Houses, where Murphy was killed, around the time she was killed.

The Daily News article said that Collins is seen on video handing a gun to either Cartagena or Brockington.

According to the newspaper, Murphy was with her two brothers at their home in the Grant Houses when Brockington and Cartagena approached them. Murphy was chased into the building and up to the fourth floor where she was shot three times.

Kelly did not talk about a motive for the killing, although police sources told the Daily News that it stemmed from a feud between the Grant Houses and the nearby Manhattanville Houses.

A Daily News report on Monday said Murphy might have been targeted along with her brothers, which contradicted an earlier belief that it was a case of mistaken identity.

Her cousin, Pierre Walton, told the paper that the shooting was because of Murphy's younger brother, Bam-Bam. Murphy's sister, Tanasia Williams, told ESPNNewYork.com Monday that Murphy had been waiting for her younger brother that night.

"It wasn't mistaken identity," Walton told the Daily News. "They shot her because that was her brother. It was no mistake. They knew."

Murphy had just started her senior year at Murry Bergtraum. One of the top prospects in New York City, she had begun high school at Bishop Loughlin before heading to St. Michael Academy and then landing at Murry Bergtraum. She missed last season with a torn ACL but was preparing for her senior season.

Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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