Funeral services were held Thursday for Isayah Muller, the Bronx high school football star stabbed to death after his high school graduation last week. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.
The hearse carrying Isayah Muller's body rolled slowly down West 51st Street. His parents and family members walked behind before entering Sacred Heart Church for the 19-year-old's funeral.
"I can't imagine,” said Yvette Bermudez, a family friend. “I’m a parent, I’m a mother. It is hard all around, it really is. He was a good kid, he had a lot of potential. He was taken too early."
Last month, Isayah was stabbed to death just minutes after his high school graduation ceremony.
Police officials say his father Andre Muller argued with attendants at a parking lot about a bottle of cologne missing from his car. It was a graduation gift for his son.
The arguing turned into a fight and Isayah was stabbed when he went to help his father.
"Just a tough loss,” said Freddy Matos, Isayah’s cousin. “It’s hard for family right now. We are just trying to be strong for together. I am glad everybody came out and showed love. So, we all got someone to lean on, and right now that is really important."
The father is facing assault and weapon possession charges. Investigators say he attacked the parking lot attendants with a shovel.
Officials at the Bronx district attorney's office say they haven't determined whether to press charges against the attendants.
Andre Muller and his wife Rosa didn't speak publicly at their son's funeral.
"Very strong man, him and his mother Rosa, very strong," said Matos.
While playing for Truman High school in The Bronx, Isayah was one of the city's top running backs. He had plans to play college football.
John-James Shepherd, Isayah’s coach at Truman, would not blame anyone for the tragedy but said everyone should think before they act.
"We can just try to do the right thing all the time, because we have no way to foresee how dire consequences can be," said Shepherd.
Family and friends say that they will always remember Isayah as a true champion on and off the field.