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JAMAICAN BARBER SHOT AND KILLED IN QUEENS

A beloved barber was gunned down outside a Queens eatery early Tuesday, hours after he fired off a social media post taunting his rivals.

“N—– taking shots can’t stop me,” Zanu Simpson wrote in an Instagram caption containing emojis of a gun and two bombs.

“They ain’t real enough.”

The 32-year-old Simpson was found shot in the head inside his white BMW X5 about 12:15 a.m., police said.

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The car was parked outside the Breezes Highland Bar & Grill on S. Conduit Ave. in Rosedale, where Simpson had spent the night and left without incident, sources said.

A motorist who called 911 told cops she saw a man in a charcoal gray sweatshirt leaning into the BMW’s driver side window and punching the victim.

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Zanu Simpson was fatally shot in the head outside a Queens restaurant on Tuesday. (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
As she zoomed past, she heard a gunshot. The woman told police she doubled back and found the driver slumped in his seat with bullet wounds, cops said.

The gunman shot Simpson three times before taking off, cops said.

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Investigators found at the scene a gun believed to be the murder weapon and a live round.

Paramedics rushed the mortally-wounded Simpson to Jamaica Hospital, but doctors couldn’t save him.

Simpson, who worked with his brother at the Strickly Skillz Barbershop in Hollis, was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m., sources said.

“That was like my other half,” said the victim’s brother Samuel Simpson, 35.

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“Everybody says we looked alike. They always called us twins.”

The strapping, Jamaican-born victim, known to his friends as “Z,” was obsessed with sports as a child and graduated from Bayside High School, relatives and pals said.

Cutting hair didn’t come easily to Simpson at first. But he eventually joined his brother at the popular barbershop frequented by NBA star Kevin Durant and other celebrities.

“I taught him how to cut hair and at first he didn’t take to it but eventually he got in and came into the business with me,” Samuel Simpson said.

A handful of mourners carrying candles showed up at Strickly Skillz Tuesday morning to pay tribute to Simpson.

“He’s wonderful,” said customer Emily Laguerre, 51.

“He’ll never say no, even if you don’t have the money. He’ll say pay me next week … It’s so sad to see life taken like this.”

Simpson had racked up more than 16,000 followers on Instagram where he often posted photos of his barbershop handiwork.

“May the spineless bastard who took you have no peace for the rest of their sorry ass life,” one of his followers wrote Tuesday.

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15 comments to this article

  1. UNRULYK

    on July 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    don’t know why they brought that ” BREEZES Grill” to the hood, IT’S A SETUP DEATH TRAP FROM SOUTH SIDE TO SHADYVILLE. YOU WERE A GOOD DUDE. SLEAP EASY Z.

    • Anonymous

      on July 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Yow my youth, you can’t a talk bout de hood and misspell SLEEP! Infraction dat.

  2. GOODY

    on July 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    WOW HE ALWAYS IN LORNAS, ALWAYS SEE HIM DEYA SEAFOOD TUESDAY AND HIM COOL AND OLE A GOOD VIBE, CHO SENSELESS KILLING MUST STOP .

  3. Original smh

    on July 25, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    That’s too bad. Him and his brother were always together which was so admirable to see these young guys running a business.

  4. Sweet

    on July 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Oh no, oh no , mi just see him weekend gone. Damn such a nice youth.

  5. Latty/PinkWallAmari/P.W.A/Famous/Evolved

    on July 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Den a wah cause dis a wah kina tings him involve inna. Man naa just kill yuh cause yuh mek a speech pan ig a muss oda tings a gwan.

  6. Anonymous

    on July 25, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I always see this dude and another guy tatted up like him at dreamweekend every yr religiously. Never missed it. Wow ppl kill for no reason man. Such a waste of young life

  7. Anonymous

    on July 25, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Who shoots someone in their head three times during a robbery? Worst, drops the murder weapon at the scene of the crime. Reminds me of a scene from Godfather I.

  8. golden girl

    on July 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Its so funny in his post on facebook he mention casket and breeze. What I cant understand if you mix up wid people and have so much enemy, why go on fbook a taunt dem. Sometime its best to humble cause soft answer turn away wrath. U dont have to do a man anything for him to kill u. RIP young man

    • Anonymous

      on July 26, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Same so. Dem seh keep your friends close and your enemies closer. If you know you that hated all social media you no need to have, low profile should be your middle name. Your moves and advancement not a soul to know, you not even meck di left hand know what the right is doing.

      Wish him brother all the best, it will be very difficult for him to get over this.

  9. Kmdt

    on July 25, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    So sad, before this so finishes a whole heap a people ago dead senselessly, or send them self to prison.

  10. Kmdt

    on July 26, 2017 at 12:07 am - Reply

    *social media
    I went on his ig him and his brother had a great relationship and was go getters. This is very sad.

  11. Smh

    on July 26, 2017 at 12:42 am - Reply

    The good die young what is life!!! R.I.P

  12. Anonymous

    on July 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    It just seems so unreal..it just don’t make no sense how you could be so cold!!!RipZ

  13. Anonymous

    on July 26, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Breaks my heart realizing he’s no longer here. RIP Zanu

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