It's 'Not Right' DA Charged Dad, Dead Football Star's Mom Says
By Jeff Mays and Patrick Hedlund
EAST HARLEM — The mother of a teen football star stabbed to death just hours after his high school graduation was outraged Thursday that her dead son's father is the only person facing charges in the incident.
Isayah Muller, 19, died after being stabbed during fight at a Bronx parking lot that prosecutors claimed was sparked by his father, 40-year-old Andre Muller.
"It's not right he's the only one charged," said Isayah Muller's mother, Rosa Seda, outside her family's E. 115th Street home Thursday, as she prepared to go claim her son's body from the city morgue.
The city's Medical Examiner ruled Muller's death a homicide, with stabs wounds to his torso resulting in mortal injuries of his heart and lungs, a spokeswoman said.
Isayah's parents left their apartment at about 12:45 p.m. Andre Muller had his arm wrapped around Seda's shoulder as they walked quickly to a waiting vehicle.
"Please, please. I'm grieving a lot," said the pregnant Seda as she cried into her hand.
A grand jury will reportedly decide Thursday whether to charge the parking attendants involved in the fatal fight, which was allegedly sparked over a bottle of missing cologne.
"It's not fair that the focus is just on his dad and not on my dead son," Seda said. "I want justice for my child. It's all lies and allegations."
Muller's father, who has convictions for robbery and drug sales, has been charged with weapons possession, menacing and assault for allegedly inciting the melee by hitting one of the attendants with a snow shovel.
He was released on bail Wednesday.
Isayah Muller's friends and relatives searched for answers Thursday while mourning the teen's death.
"I don't know why," said his grandmother, Carita Domenichi. "My heart is broken."
Jermaine Miles, head football coach at Nassau Community College, said Muller was recruited to play tailback at the school for his speed.
"He was a promising young man. He had good character, very humble," Miles said.
"I really feel for his parents, the way the whole thing happened. It's our loss because we never really had a chance to have him come play for us."
Muller's best friend, Devin Cuevas, 19, said it was "crazy" that no one had been charged in Isayah's death.
"I'm gonna leave that to the justice system," he said.
Others were shocked that Isayah's life ended so abruptly.
"There was nothing bad about him," said friend Melanie Blanco, 15. "To me that was sad, because he had his whole life in front of him."