Zaire Paige Not Only Played a Movie Killer, He Became One in Real Life.

This is how he squandered his big chance to go straight.

Paige got away, but not before the officers had cuffed one of his wrists. The handcuffs can be seen in a "Smack" video he made soon after that was later uploaded to YouTube as "Brownsville Brooklyn Crips."

Wielding the handcuff like a badge of honor, Paige can be heard saying, "At the end of the day, we fuckin' B.K. machines. But we straight Crip." For a brief moment, Robert Crawford appears to Paige's right, his face visible just above his shoulder, standing like a brother in arms ready for battle.

Two months after the video was shot, according to court documents, Paige and Crawford headed out to avenge the death of their friend, Teddy McNichols.

Zaire Paige
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Zaire Paige
Don Cheadle's "Tango" urges Paige's "Man Man" to make his court date.
Overture Films
Don Cheadle's "Tango" urges Paige's "Man Man" to make his court date.

On the night before the murder, Paul Wint drove his blue 2001 Chevy Tahoe to the two-story house on Strauss Street. Paige was there that night, distraught because two friends had been murdered.

At trial, Wint claimed not to be a gang member, but his record included two robberies—one in Atlantic City and another in Connecticut for prescription pills, which he planned to sell to an illegal pharmacist in Brooklyn until he was caught.

Over the next day, Wint testified, Paige laid plans to follow Lethania Garcia out of a court appearance, vowing to "get this bitch-ass nigger."

Picking up Crawford and using another accomplice to watch Garcia, Paige and Wint trailed Garcia to Fulton Street and Hanson Place in Fort Greene after his court date. It was about 1 p.m. when Wint pulled up in the Tahoe near the De Lux Natural Hair Salon.

Several people were inside the salon. Two women were getting their hair done: One was a civil rights lawyer, the other was an off-duty cop. The women, ironically, had been chatting with their hairstylists about the actress Jennifer Hudson, saying what a tragedy it was that Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and Hudson's brother, Jason, had been killed. Their conversation was interrupted when they heard a barrage of gunshots coming from the street.

People instinctively ran toward the back door of the salon, which opened out onto Hanson Place. To do that, they had to pass through a vestibule. On that day, the vestibule door jammed. They were trapped in the salon.

Garcia, meanwhile, burst into the salon, running for his life—and also got stuck in the vestibule.

Paige and Crawford followed him inside, firing at Garcia, prosecutors alleged. When Garcia collapsed on hairstylist Samantha Reed, the gunmen kept shooting. Reed was hit multiple times in the leg. The killers then fled.

In the Tahoe, Wint testified, the men were hyped up and overjoyed that they had killed Garcia. Back at the Strauss Street house, they turned on the television to watch coverage of the murder. Paige made a phone call to Teddy McNichols's mother and asked her to relay a message to Teddy's father, Teddy Sr.: "Tell Teddy I took care of that."

Later, Paige got another ride to downtown Brooklyn: He had to meet with a public defender about an unrelated drug possession case.

Neither Paige nor Crawford testified at their trial this past November. While Wint testified against them, Paige's attorney, Gary Farrell, pointed out the many places where Wint had lied to officials during the various times he recounted the murder. (Wint is charged with hindering prosecution.) The evidence that ultimately led to the men's conviction came from cell phone records—dozens of rapid-fire phone calls between a cell phone Paige appeared to have used that day, a cell phone registered to Crawford, and one of the two that belonged to Wint. Testimony from a T-Mobile employee showed the cell phones moving between downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, and Brownsville. The only time the cell phones were down that day was during a short span at around 1 p.m., the time of the murder.

Paige insists he is innocent, but will not discuss aspects of the case because it is pending appeal.

In Brooklyn's Finest, Man Man is last seen fleeing the scene after murdering Ethan Hawke's corrupt cop. He disappears to an uncertain future.

Zaire Paige's fate is a lot less ambiguous.

"His life is over," says Antoine Fuqua. "Hopefully, he'll see the ugliness and the consequences of doing something like that. You know, it's not pretty, and it's not glamorous, and ultimately he is going to be sentenced alone. All the people he knew growing up, all that street talk, nothing matters."

"It makes me wish now that I kind of picked his brain more; I wish that I had gotten a bit deep with the young dude," says Hassan Johnson. "You have literally your whole life ahead of you—you're just getting to life. You know how in The Matrix, when you swallow the pill, and you get unplugged? He was just coming into the real world, and the real world swallowed him up. I don't know how you make a happy ending out of this one. It's just sad." He adds: "I think that was his test. That was his test right there. That was God's test. And I guess the first half of the exam went well, and the rest—it was all downhill from there."

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94 comments
OnQue
OnQue

What the story doesn't tell was that Lethania Garcia was a hit man that killed a lot of people. It may not have been the right course of action but Ziare did what LAW ENFORCEMENT didn't do! The bogus ass cops knew all about what the lil bastard was doing but they didn't care.... The lowlife deserved every bullet that went into his body...

 Brooklyn22
Brooklyn22

Smh yall ppl always takin crazy like really..what if it was one of ya ppls!!!Hold ya head ^^ boy

Dvs
Dvs

A well written story that tells the facts in fluid fassion about lost opportunities. Hang in there little brotha "Zaire", be a force for positive Change.

Stephanieayeni
Stephanieayeni

4 all u haters talkin bout gud 4 him did u ever think t wat u c on tv is real. maybe a dirty ass cop framed him?

Eve
Eve

I love you Zaire you'll always hold a special place in my heart hold your head and have faith........ FUCK ALL YOU HATING ASS BITCHES!!!!

Wwwt
Wwwt

disrespectful are you serious? nigs are ruining this whole fuckin country, thats whats disrespectful jackass

Dulcelanthony
Dulcelanthony

Damnnn. dat was my nigga..I knew Z since elmentary..dats fuked up.

Dert
Dert

fuck that nig nog, he was given a oppertunity that he didnt deserve and he fucked it up like a typical scumbag nigger

SpkTruth2Pwr
SpkTruth2Pwr

Very good article written on unfortunately sad circumstances. I am a bit perturbed by the ignorance with which some people are commenting on this entry. Its clear the young man missed an opportunity to get out of a destructive life style - but calling him dumb or a monkey is unnecessary and disrespectful.

whiteyshardwork
whiteyshardwork

not only did zaire play a dumb nigger in the movies but he was one in real life too

mr y t
mr y t

another monkey headed to the zoo

Mischa
Mischa

excellent and well-researched article. i love how it didn't try to draw big generalized conclusions about street life or gangs, or pretend to have the space to adequately deal with the drug war, or youth in america's cities, or any number of large, abstract themes. it told a story, a poignant story, and it told it honestly, neither sugar coating nor demonizing. bravo.

Jesusiscoming
Jesusiscoming

Funny how loads of people take pride in showing there TRUE racism based on this article!! That is why I am SOOOOOOOOOO HAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPYYYY that this world is going to hell!!! Because ALL You who think you are BETTER than this dude, will be burning right alongside of him in HELLL!!!! Believe That!!!!! Trust me...It IS COMING! Judgement Day!!! And it's About time For ALL You HaTting SATAN Worshipers!!! Because he is the FATHER of ALL Evil, all sin and ALL THINGS HATE!!! MAY YOU ALL GO TO HELL WITH HIM!!!

AFFF
AFFF

ONCE A NIG NOG ALWAYS A NIG NOG

OG
OG

Jail is easy!!!! As you could see life is hard on the streets, not in jail!!!! It obvious this dude gave up a long time ago with his loyalty to a street gang and not to his seed!!! He was to blinded to see the blessing in front of him and not wise enough to walk the path of a man! Eff going back to B-Ville for the true story! Eff the background and all the problems!!! I grew up in Fort Greene when Myrtle ave was called Murder Ave! Don't believe me lets go back 25 years when they were busting off every night!!! You don't see me blaming anyone or making excuses. I do cuss my own people for being Ignorant!! Enough let's get back on target!!!! His next film should be Brooklyns Dumbest because he was dumb enough to fall to the ignorance of the street !!!!

Ffff
Ffff

just another nickle and dime bootlip gone to prison

Ssss
Ssss

who cares? just another dirty little nig nog shooting another dirty nig nog. good riddence

Babbabooey
Babbabooey

we all just laugh when one nig nog kills another nig nog tommorow will be funny in some citie im sure

Dgoodine4
Dgoodine4

That just part of the story village voice you need to come back to brownsville and get all.

Fort Greene
Fort Greene

Great article.

His grandmother's refusal to acknowledge his guilt is heart-breaking. I wonder about his 5 siblings and his own child. Such a sad story, such a sad reality. Whenever I see defendants' families in court with matching t-shirts and vocal protestations of innocence, I wonder where they were while the defendant started on the very long road to the final crime that got them put on trial.

I remember the day of this shooting, as I live two blocks away. I am glad that he got a 107-year sentence. He truly is a danger to all civilized members of society as his judge said.

Alex Pilewski
Alex Pilewski

I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

nigs get a life
nigs get a life

nobody cares about nigs killing nigs dont you people get it?

Snnn
Snnn

whats funny is that every time one of thease blacks kill each other ,no one even cares, we just throw them in the garbage like a little chimpmunk or something . only chimpmunks are actually cute, people like chipmunks, people dont like niggers, ha ha ha

Hurdgurdydude
Hurdgurdydude

Another retarted lack of research by the village v. Where can I find the 74th precinct? Anyone? Idiots

Dass
Dass

What a typical dumb nigger

cobbster
cobbster

It is all too bad .......... in the end one crazy decision chooses are next path. Salvation is always at the door ........ what we do next chooses are destination.

Wwwy
Wwwy

just another dirtbag nig nog

Eve
Eve

SHUT THE FUCK UP BITCH YOU SOUND STUPID

goham.mj
goham.mj

hay im in los angeles im from criminal gangster crip in brooklyn .i lost contact with my east coast niggas but i know za.my name  is L.A. if any one from da set get at me ......jigga b. maino. havoc . holla at ya  boy

 

Smacked out here in the ville
Smacked out here in the ville

thas my godbro.. i havent seen him in 3 years and now this happens fuck the police u heard im gonna see this nikka in like a week

ask your mom b otch
ask your mom b otch

i guess you is a dumb knickle dragger too if dat be yo nigga yo, silly monkey

Dert
Dert

fuck you too monkey

Ohyeu
Ohyeu

good, ill be toasting marshmellows on the flames bitch, bababooey bababooey howard sterns penis

Sdf
Sdf

SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE RACIST....AYMAY OUYAY IEDAY onEday!!!

CCB
CCB

OG, I know what you talking about... I grew up in Marcy Projects and I remember when Myrtle Avenue was called "Murder Avenue" I remember going to Cumberland Hospital before they finally closed it view the body of a friend shot in Fort Greene park. I remember my cousins telling me not walk back to Marcy on Myrtle Avenue. Walk on Park Avenue... I feel for this guy... He has know idea what a blessing he has blown... It will all come to him when he gets older and he realizes that his life was worth more than what it has become. I am really praying for this brother... What a waste...

SpkTruth2Pwr
SpkTruth2Pwr

I'm crying over here. Yawn. A pre-schooler has more insight and better remarks. But thank you for your thoughtlessness.

Ohyea
Ohyea

your mother likes this cracker especially when her welfare check runs out and i bring her newports and 40s

AAA
AAA

you must be a useless jungle creature too.

 
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