In New York City, A Star High School Football Player’s Life Comes To A Terrifying End
Isayah Muller was a 19-year-old star running back for Truman High School in the Bronx. The last game of his career was also the game of his life, as he'd rushed for 290 yards in a PSAL championship win over Beach Channel. And after leaving his high school graduation on Tuesday, he was headed for a celebration dinner with his dad, his mom, and his girlfriend.
But as they left for City Island, a place that looks like a small fishing village and feels like it's worlds away from the craziness that is the Bronx, his dad noticed something was missing from the car: a box of cologne he'd gotten for his son as a graduation present. So Mr. Muller decided to turn the car around, and go back to the Jerome Avenue parking lot that they'd just left. He wanted to confront the parking lot attendants who he thought had stolen his son's gift.
When they got to the M.T. Jerome Town lot, the older Muller got out of the car and got into an argument with two attendants. The argument got heated, and then a fight broke out. Isayah, who is 5-10, 180-pounds of fast twitch muscle fiber, was out of the car at this point, and he and his dad, who is 40, began fighting the attendants. The attendants pulled out knives.
Neither of the Mullers were armed. So Isayah grabbed a shovel, according to his grandmother, and struck one of the attendants with it, breaking the guy's arm. At some point during the fight Isayah was stabbed, once in his side and once in his chest. One of the wounds had pierced his heart, and now the older Muller was carrying his bleeding son, who should've been on his way to City Island, back to the car where the boy's mom and girlfriend were.
They sped off to a clinic 10 blocks away, and then Isayah was put in an ambulance and taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 6pm.
Back in November, after that 290 yard performance against Beach Channel, Isayah told the Daily News that he wasn't really tired. He could've played the whole game again, in fact.
After his graduation on Tuesday, he got into a car with his mom, his dad, and his girlfriend, and he was on his way to City Island. But his dad turned the car around. By Wednesday morning Isayah would be gone, two parking lot attendants from the Bronx would be in custody at the 52nd Precinct, and Andre Muller would be charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
"It's my last game as a high school player," Isayah said after that game against Beach Channel. "And I didn't want to take a step off the field."
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