A star high school football player from the Bronx was stabbed to death during a parking lot rumble, just hours after graduating, cops said.
Isayah Muller, a 19-year-old running back for Truman High School, had just left his commencement at Lehman College around 4 p.m. to head to a celebratory dinner with his family at City Island, cops said.
The family members got into their car, but after pulling out of the Jerome Ave. parking lot, the father, Andre Muller, noticed some “expensive fragrances missing from the car,” a source said.
The father turned around and drove back to the M.T. Jerome Town Corp. lot to confront the parking attendants about the stolen cologne, a graduation gift to his son, cops and family said.
Once the car was parked, an argument erupted between the elder Muller and the parking attendants, cops said.
Suddenly, they began to brawl and two attendants pulled out knives, a relative said.
“Neither of \[the Mullers\] were armed,” said Myrna Valentin, 54, Muller’s grandmother. “\[Andre Muller\] picked up a shovel and snapped one of them with it and broke his arm.”
Isayah Muller was stabbed twice in the scuffle, once in his side and once in his chest, piercing his heart, sources and family said.
The mortally wounded Muller was rushed back into the family car with his father and girlfriend, and his mother, Rosa. They sped off to a clinic 10 blocks away at 188th St. and Tiebout Ave., cops said.
Muller was then taken by ambulance to St. Barnabas Hospital but died soon afterwards.
His father and the parking attendants were taken into custody and were being questioned at the 52nd Precinct stationhouse.
The elder Muller, 40, was charged early Wednesday with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.
His son, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound star running back, lived in the Jefferson Houses in East Harlem and had both a glowing past and a bright future in football.
In November, he led the Truman Mustangs to their first-ever PSAL Bowl title. He ran for a remarkable 290 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as Truman defeated Beach Channel, 23-20.
Truman finished the season 11-2, with Muller leading the way.
“I started coaching in ’99 and Isayah is the best back that I’ve ever seen,” his coach, John-James Shepherd, said Tuesday night. Shepherd said Muller showed the talent to one day go pro. “He’s the only kid I coached that I would say that about,” he said.
Family friend Sabrina Marzan, 31, said Muller promised to provide for his mother, who is pregnant with twins.
“He’d say to his mom, ‘When I get in the NFL, I’m going to take care of you and the kids,’” Marzan recalled.
Isayah Muller runs for some of his amazing 290 yards against Beach Channel in November. (Jeffrey Bachner for News)