Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Last century we were together, this century we lost you' - Widow's heartbreaking note to murdered gang victim

Published 07/07/2016 | 11:38

David Douglas, his wife Yumei and the scene of the shooting last week
David Douglas, his wife Yumei and the scene of the shooting last week

The widow of gangland shooting victim David ‘Daithí’ Douglas has penned a heartbreaking message almost a week after his murder.

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The father-of-one died on Friday afternoon after being shot in the head and chest by a lone male gunman.

Victim David Douglas
Victim David Douglas

Douglas (55) was killed outside his wife Yumei’s Shoestown shop on Bridgefoot Street, in Dublin’s south inner city.

Now Yumei has taken to Facebook to post a heartbreaking message about his death.

She wrote: “No words to describe what happened since last week. Like to say, ‘life is so short’. Love whoever is beside you.

She continued: “You were the best man in our heart, we love you no matter if you're here or somewhere else.

Yumei Douglas, wife of Cabra shooting victim David Douglas
Yumei Douglas, wife of Cabra shooting victim David Douglas

“Last century, we were together, this century we lost you, but I don't care how long and how far, even until next century, I will find you, love will continue, I will follow you.”

Gardaí believe that Douglas, who was living in Cabra, was targeted by the Kinahan drug cartel as part of their feud with the rival Hutch gang.

He was the target of another assassination attempt last year and had previously been convicted of drug dealing.

In 2008, Douglas was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with five suspended, after he was caught with 8kg of cocaine, worth €562,000, concealed in a black holdall bag.

LAWLESS STREETS: Gardai outside the Shoestown shop on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin, where David Douglas was shot dead. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
LAWLESS STREETS: Gardai outside the Shoestown shop on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin, where David Douglas was shot dead. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

He was released from jail in 2013.

No details have been released at this point for his funeral.

To date eight men have died since last September as part of the Hutch/Kinahan feud.

Just hours after Douglas was shot, a man posted a message on Yumei’s shop Facebook page describing him as “drug dealing scum”.

“Another drug dealer shot… Good! Who cares about scum like the owner of this shop. Drug dealing scum,” he wrote.

Ms Douglas took to Facebook to respond: “I don’t know what to say. Are you ... another evil come to us?”

She also thanked her friends for their support and added that she “will be ok”.

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