[Brotherly Love Gone Wrong] The Story Behind a High School Football Star Facing 25 Years for Attempted Murder Is Tragic

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[Brotherly Love Gone Wrong] The Story Behind a High School Football Star Facing 25 Years for Attempted Murder Is Tragic

A Facebook fight that ended with gunshots.

Published May 11, 2016

A promising football career could be over for one high school star player facing attempted murder charges.

Rahmel Ashby was arrested on April 29, 2014, after he allegedly fired a gun into a crowd, wounding three people. He was released on $50,000 bail.

The brawl involving his sister, Nyesha Bates, and other girls was staged to post on social media after they argued about who won a fight that was filmed the day before.

“The defendant’s sister exchanged words with Imani on Facebook … other people were egging them on. They decided to meet up again to fight,” Assistant District Attorney Bernarda Villalona said in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday.

When the 17-year-old star running back saw that his sister was outnumbered he reportedly stepped in, firing eight shots.

“Multiple people are fighting, beating up the defendant’s sister,” Villalona said.

“The defendant didn’t try to break it up or say, ‘Stop!’” she continued. “He punched one (girl), and her boyfriend, Rogelio King, came over not knowing the defendant had a gun on him and he shot him.”  

Among the injured were King, Monay Langhorne and Quinesha Reeves. The Grand Street Campus High School student was arrested May 6, 2014, and charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault, weapons possession and other charges.

Ashby’s attorney, Ken Montgomery, said in court Tuesday, “These are not young women preparing for college, working or taking the SATs. There were 10 to 12 kids out there fighting, two were adults. A 40-year-old man is there and Rogelio, he’s 26 or 27 years old and dates a teenager.”

Montgomery further argued that the prosecutor’s witnesses aren’t credible.

“On May 2, Rogelio and his girlfriend were shown photographs of the person who did it and they didn’t identify. Two days later, Rogelio goes back to the precinct and says it’s him and there it was, a done deal. That’s the credible evidence they want you to use to convict.”

Following the alleged shooting in April 2014, Ashby was arrested again in October 30, 2015, after police say he had a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun. He was let out on $500,000 bail.  

The star athlete, who has appeared on ESPN’s college recruiting website, continued playing ball and even appeared in the city championship game at Yankee Stadium in December 2015.

“The idea that my child is out there with him actually scares me,” said one woman. “There’s no way that you can put kids that actually work towards their future on a field with kids that aren’t working towards their future. They’re working towards the detriment of society.”

But sports ethicist Shawn Klein argued that Ashby is innocent until proven guilty.

“He could be innocent, and if he’s innocent and then deprived of this opportunity to play in a championship game, it could have a long-lasting impact on his life.”


Written by Zayda Rivera

(Photo: Joseph Gareri/Getty Images)


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