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Two men arrested in the murder of NYC hoops star Tayshana Murphy

Harlem girls basketball star fatally shot in head
Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy Personal Photo

(CBS/WCBS/AP) NEW YORK - Tyshawn Brokington and Robert Cartagena, the two men wanted in the shooting death of New York City high school basketball star, Tayshana Murphy, have been arrested in South Carolina.

Brockington, 21, and Cartagena, 20, were found in a closet in an apartment complex Wednesday in South Carolina, Deputy U.S. Marshal Rick Long told The New York Times.

The two are accused of shooting and killing the 18-year-old Murphy earlier this month. According to police, both men were arrested by South Carolina's regional fugitive task force and they are awaiting extradition to New York, reports CBS station WCBS.

Murphy, a senior at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, was shot in the head in the Grant Houses in Morningside Heights.

Murphy, known as "chicken" at home and on the court, was considered one of the top girls basketball players in the city and was ranked as the 16th best point guard in the nation for her class by ESPN.

Police arrested 24-yerar-old Terique Collins on charges of criminal possession of a weapon. Police said they believe Collins gave the gun to one of the two shooting suspects but Collins claims it's a case of mistaken identity.

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