A 27-year-old man rushing to the aid of his brother was fatally slashed in the neck during a fight on a Queens subway platform, police said Saturday.
Dario Paiva tried to save his 20-year-old brother Khristian, who was being pummeled by a group of men at the 85th St.-Forest Pkwy. Station late Friday night, police and relatives said.
But one of the men raked a knife across Dario Paiva's neck - and the devoted brother died at Jamaica Hospital a short time later.
"You don't even know how much sadness and rage I have right now," cried David Poggi, another of the victim's brothers.
"They were trying to rob Khristian, and he called Dario for help," said Poggi, 37. "Dario ran down to help him."
"They were so close," Poggi said. "It's senseless."
Cops swarmed the above ground Woodhaven J train stop in the moments after the 11:30 p.m. stabbing, but no arrests have been made.
"I heard his brother screaming for help," said Junior Rasul, who works at Palace Fried Chicken underneath the platform. " was a really cool kid and didn't look like the kind of guy who was a troublemaker."
Khristian Paiva was treated for minor injuries, police said. Investigators were not immediately certain if the assault on the platform was a robbery attempt, police said.
Poggi said one of his other brothers was killed in a car accident a few years ago, and his heartbroken family was struggling to come to grips with losing Dario, who was taking classes at Kingsborough Community College.
"I can't believe I'm never going to hear him laugh again," said Poggi, his voice shaking. " was a wonderful kid."