Many of you probably recognize former kid actor, Brandon Quintin Adams. He’s 41 years old now, but we Old Schoolers, probably best remember him as the kid who played the mini Michael Jackson in MJ’s “Moonwalk” musical/movie back in the day. We also may remember him for his various roles in TV shows, like “A Different World,” “Moesha,” “Sister, Sister,” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and others. Unfortunately he and his best friend were sh’ot, resulting in the d’eath of his friend.
This tragedy struck Adams and his friend in 2002 and it over something so senseless and stupid.
BRANDON QUINTIN ADAMS & “STEVE HARVEY” SHOW ACTOR, MERLIN SANTANA WERE AMBUSHED BY KI’LLERS
Brandon Quintin Adams (above left) and Merlin Santana (pictured on the right; known for his roles in “Moesha,” “The Steve Harvey” and “Cosby Show” sitcoms) had met a female named Monique “Mercedes” King and her friend at a Chinese restaurant one night in 2002. That same night, “Mercedes” and Santana had a consensual one night stand. The next day, “Mercedes” became an’gry at Santana because he wasn’t interested in pursuing a relationship with her after their one night stand, so she reportedly lied on Santana and told two of her male friends, Damien Gates and Brandon Bynes, that Santana ra’ped her.
BUT WHAT THEY DID NEXT WAS UNTHINKABLE.
The following night, Gates and Bynes waited for Santana and Adams to leave a house party. As soon as Adams and Santana got in their car, they spotted a gun’s red laser shining through the back window, they look back to see what it was, but they had zero time to run. Gates and Bynes quickly ambushed them in a hail of gunfire using 12 gauge shotguns.
After they were sh’ot, Adams managed to speed off and park in a safe place, that’s when he noticed Santana was slum’ped over in his seat, so he called 911 and they were rushed to the hospital where Santana unfortunately succ’umbed to his fatal gu’nsh’ot wounds at 26 years old.
THE FEMALE WHO SET UP MERLIN SANTANA & BRANDON ADAMS RECEIVED SHORT SEN’TENCE
Above is a screenshot photo of is Monique “Mercedes” King, in co’urt shortly after Merlin Santana was ki’lled in 2002. Her story was covered on TV One’s “Celebrity Cr’ime Files.” She only received a sent’encing of 10 YEARS in juvenile hall for her participation in the crime! So I’m assuming “Mercedes” is already out of pri’son…what the???
Why didn’t she get as much time as her ki’ller counterparts combined? One of the sho’oters, Gates, received three conse’cutive life sentences, plus 70 years in pr’ison; the other sho’oter, Bynes, received 23 years for as’sault with a de’adly we’apon and voluntary mans’laughter.’
It was also discovered that “Mercedes” had lied to Santana and told him she was of legal age, but the truth is she was really 15…SMH.
BRANDON QUINTIN ADAMS: “I WAS DEVASTATED…FOR A LONG TIME”
It took Brandon years to learn to cope with the d’eath of his best friend, Merlin Santana, after watching him die right there in front of him. Brandon doesn’t speak publicly too much about that horr’ific night, but he revealed this to Jet Magazine:
“It was devas’tating. It took me a long time to recover from that. (Merlin) was my best friend, and (the mu’rder) was a senseless thing.[…] Brandon said he was the one friend of his who “could’ve had anything that I had.”
Brandon Quintin Adams step’ped away from acting for a few years, but now he’s back. It’s great that Brandon was fo’und a way to keep pus’hing forward after so much tra’gedy.
Our condolences go out to Merlin Santana’s family. May he continue to rest in peace and we’re grateful for the beautiful legacy he left us with.