On July 22nd, paramedics arrived at the Half-Nelson Playground in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx at around 9pm, only to find a young 22-year-old man named Tashawn Murray covered in blood and sprawled out
across the basketball court. Murray was rushed to a nearby hospital and declared dead soon after.
The death was the result of a simple argument over a game of basketball gone terribly wrong and Murray had to pay the price, police told reporters that night. His assailants came back after harsh words were exchanged but, this time, they brought back packed guns and a vengeance to kill. The shooters of Murray have yet to be found.
The violence at Half-Nelson Playground unfortunately continued yesterday night. The scenario was eerily similar to that of a month ago: a basketball tournament and barbeque was being held at the outside community hub. But, at around 10pm, a fight broke out that led to the stabbing of four separate people, three of which were women.
Once again, the Bronx playground turned bloody.
In the middle of the violence that erupted
, an 18-year-old woman was stabbed in the torso, a 19-year-old woman was stabbed in the stomach and a 39-year-old woman was stabbed in the back. The fourth person was an 18-year-old man who was stabbed in the arm. All four of the brawl's victims were rushed to nearby hospitals in the Bronx and remain in stable condition, thankfully.
As of now, the cops have no idea
what the motive was for the fight that broke out or why anyone was carrying a knife to the playground for a basketball tournament and summer barbeque.
But it's a shame that the residents nearby have been forced to witness two separate gruesome events. And at a playground, nonetheless...