The family of a man shot to death in Birmingham’s Kingston community earlier this week is searching for answers, and justice, in his killing.
Douglas Paige, a 34-year-old father of a young son, was slain about 11:15 a.m. Monday. Birmingham police responded to the 4400 block of Ninth Avenue North because Shot Spotter indicated gunfire in the area. While they were en route, they received another call of a person shot.
Paige was found unresponsive inside his vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene at 11:20 a.m. Police said the preliminary investigation showed that there was an altercation between four people, including Paige. The victim retreated to his car when someone fired shots into the sedan. At least two shots were fired.
As investigators continue to track down leads, Paige’s family and friends will gather at Mattie Gill Jackson Gardens in Fairfield at 5 p.m. Friday to hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of their loved one.
“We’re really just trying to make sense of it all,’’ said Jacqualyn Williams, Paige’s girlfriend of nine years. The two have an 8-year-old son.
Williams said the family doesn’t know why Paige was in Kingston Monday. She said they have learned that Paige was beaten by the suspects, and money stolen from his pocket. The assailants, she said, had pulled him out of his vehicle and he was trying to flee when he was shot in the chest and killed.
“He was trying to get away,’’ Williams said. “We know he was in pain and we hate that he suffered.”
Paige had attended West End High School and later earned his GED. “He was a good person to be around,’’ Williams said. “He had a heart of gold. He spread love everywhere.”
“He had a good spirit,’’ she said, “and was very kind.”
Paige’s mother, who was comforted by Birmingham police at Monday’s scene, is taking his death hard, Williams said. The entire family is distraught. “We’re trying to stay strong for our son,’’ she said.
Williams said she wants Paige to be remembered for his smile and the impact he had on others. The family wants anyone who has information on his death to come forward. As for the suspects, she said, “Turn yourself in because my baby didn’t deserve this.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.