Funeral Set for Star Athlete Slain on Graduation Day

A funeral service has been set for the 19-year-old star running back who was knifed in the chest during an altercation in a Bronx parking lot just hours after he received his high school diploma.

A wake for Isayah Muller will be held Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Barrett Funeral Home at 424 W. 51st St. in Manhattan, a spokesman for the family said.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located across the street from the funeral home. Burial will follow at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.

Players, alumni, classmates and coaches held an impromptu memorial service last week on the football field, where they arranged candles under the goal posts to form the slain teen's jersey number, 21. The school said the number would be retired.

Muller's coach at Truman High School said last week the teenager had a "limitless" future.

"Whatever that 'it' factor was, he had it," said John-James Shepherd. "He wasn't a 'you guys do this' leader. He was a 'come follow me' leader."

Muller was headed to Nassau Community College on Long Island in the fall, according to his Facebook page.

Muller was stabbed to death June 28 when he jumped into a dispute between his father, Andre Muller, and attendants at a parking garage on Jerome Avenue.

The elder Muller allegedly believed the attendants had stolen a bottle of cologne from the car while the family attended Isayah's graduation ceremony on the campus of Lehman College. The cologne was meant to be a graduation gift for his son.

It's believed one of the attendants stabbed Muller in the chest, though it's not clear whether it was done in self-defense.

Andre Muller, who police say beat at least one attendant with a shovel, has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal possession of a weapon and assault stemming from the argument.

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