Back in September, it seemed certain that this would be a big year for the basketball team at Murry Bergtraum High School. The players had a lot to look forward to: college scouts, scholarship offers, and a shot at a 14th consecutive city girls' basketball championship title.
Then, around 4 a.m. on Sept. 11, the first weekend of the school year, Tayshana Murphy, the team's star, was shot outside her building in the Grant Houses, a sprawling public housing complex at the edge of Morningside Heights in Manhattan. She died of a gunshot wound to her chest.
For two teammates, speaking two months later to John Leland of The New York Times, the loss of their friend and teammate remained raw.