The fight that ended in the death of a high school football star Tuesday was provoked by the 19-year-old boy's father, police said Wednesday.
Isayah Muller was stabbed to death hours after graduating from Truman High School at a ceremony near Lehman College, after his father started a fight by accusing two parking lot attendants of stealing a $200 bottle of cologne from the family car while it was in the lot, police said.
The father, Andre Muller, 40, was charged Wednesday with assault and weapons possession. The Daily News reported that he has a history of police trouble, including a 10-year stint in prison. As of last night he was still awaiting arraignment.
"What a tragedy. [Andre] Muller was the aggressor," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told Fox 5's "Good Day New York."
"He struck one of the attendants whom I believe is still in the hospital," Kelly said. "He assaulted the attendant. He picked up a shovel and struck the attendant."
The fight began after the Mullers picked up their car from the parking lot following commencement, police said. While driving away, Andre Muller noticed the cologne, a graduation gift, was missing.
He then drove back to the lot to confront the attendants, where a fight ensued, and one of the attendants stabbed Isayah in the chest with a shank, police said. He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and pronounced dead just before 6 p.m.
As of last night the attendants hadn't been charged and weren't being questioned, but police said the investigation is ongoing.