Tayshana Murphy, an 18-year-old basketball star in Manhattan who was being heavily recruited by the University of Miami women's basketball team, was fatally gunned down this past weekend in what appears to be a tragic case of mistaken identity. Murphy, ranked the 16th best point guard in the nation in her recruiting class by ESPN, was hanging out with friends in the crowded courtyard of a housing project in New York when she was shot.
The attack happened at 4 a.m. Sunday in Harlem. Details are sketchy, but it appears that a group of men from a different project was looking to retaliate for an assault that had occurred earlier in the day. The men targeted Murphy and chased her through a hallway before shooting her dead.
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It appears Murphy was not connected to the earlier assault.
Murphy, a high school senior, had received interest from numerous schools, but ESPN reports that Katie Meier's Lady Canes squad had particular interest her.