This is Tayshana ‘Chicken’ Murphy. She went to my high school. She loved basketball and proved to be one of the best players in her age range. ESPN ranked as the top 16th female player in the nation for her graduating class.
At around 4:15 am on September 11th, 2011 she was shot in the head and found in the stairwell of her apartment building. It is believed to be over a dispute that did not even involve her. She was mistaken for a man that the murderer had ‘beef’ with. She was heard pleading for her life before she was killed.
She was only 18 years old. She had her entire life ahead of her and tremendous amounts of talent.She wanted to make something of herself but now she is the second student from my high school that has been killed due to gun violence within the last a year. She is the third person that I’ve known to be killed within the past year. And the fifth person that I’ve known to be shot within that same year.
When will it all stop? When will people learn that enough is enough? I’m tired of waking up to the news that someone I know has been shot. I’m tired of hearing that a party/event that I was supposed to attend ended in a shoot out. I’m tired of hearing about innocent youth being slain in the news. I’m tired of fearing that one of my friends will be next to die in the hands of cowards toting guns. I am truly tired.