Police on Tuesday identified two men suspected in the slaying of an 18-year-old high school basketball star who begged for her life before she was shot early Sunday in a Morningside Heights housing complex.
Robert Cartagena, in his 20s, and Tyshawn Brockington, 21, allegedly shot Tayshana Murphy three times in the chest, hip and arm as she ran from them inside the Grant Houses shortly after 4 a.m., Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said during a news conference.
Neither had been taken into custody.
As Murphy was chased into the fourth floor of the building, where she lived with her family, witnesses said heard her pleading for her life, telling the gunmen that she was “not involved” in whatever dispute was going on.
A third suspect, Terique Collins, 24, was arrested Monday night after being caught on video footage passing a gun to the shooters before the incident, Kelly said.
Family members and police sources said the murder is part of a long-running feud between the Grant Houses and Manhattanville Houses, and added that Murphy’s brother — known on the streets as “Bam Bam” — may have been caught up in a feud that led to her death.
Police sources said they do not believe that Murphy was involved.
She was a senior at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers in lower Manhattan, and was ranked as the nation’s 16th-best point guard in her class by ESPN.