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Basketball Tournament Honors Slain Harlem Teen Tayshana ‘Chicken’ Murphy

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The Tayshana Chicken Murphy Foundation hosted the 2014 Ball N Peace Citywide Showcase at Lindsay Park on Sunday, attracting more than 200 inner-city children to compete on the same courts where Murphy once learned the game of basketball. Taylonn Murphy, Tayshana's father, founded the annual tournament in 2012 to honor his slain daughter and “all children who have lost their lives due to gun violence.”

"This is where it all started for Tayshana. It's only right we start the Ball N Peace showcase here, too." Continue Reading →

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A Celebration of Peace in a Community Touched By Gun Violence

Young girls sit together at the "Children's Day of Peace" event at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway.

At a children’s summer party last Saturday afternoon at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway, Penny Wrencher made an introduction between two friends. “This is Nene,” Wrencher said to Taylonn Murphy, “She lost her daughter, too.” Continue Reading →

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Discord Among Parents in Wake of Harlem Raid

The killing of Tayshana Murphy on September 11, 2011 sparked a feud  between The Manhattanville Houses and the Grant Houses in West Harlem leaving stretch of a street along Old Broadway a virtual war zone.

NEW YORK — The residents of the Manhattanville and Grant Houses in West Harlem have a new touchstone, a specific moment to organize their collective memory, a way to divide their lives. Just a month after the New York Police Department conducted the largest raid in the city’s history, the residents who experienced it have a way to refer to their lives in clear “before and after” terms, like old historical abbreviations B.C. and A.D.

In the Manhattanville and Grant Houses there was life before The Raid and life after The Raid. Life has gone on, but it has changed, residents and activists say. Continue Reading →

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