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Wife of Dublin gangland murder victim responds to online taunts

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 03/07/2016

David Douglas, his wife Yumei and the scene of the shooting last week. Credit Irish Independent
David Douglas, his wife Yumei and the scene of the shooting last week. Credit Irish Independent

The wife of gangland shooting victim David ‘Daithí’ Douglas has responded to online taunts that he was "drug dealing scum" and deserved to die.

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

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

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

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”.

Last night, she shared a touching message for her late husband, writing: “Hiya Dathi, just want say something. I know you must be somewhere, maybe sat on the sofa, I try to see you there, and say good night, as normal.”

She continued: “Still remember that day, last kiss from you before I rush to the work, can't believe from that time we were in different world.”

Ms Douglas ended the message noting that they were “so happy to be together” and that she would “wait for you to come to my dream”.

Douglas, who was living in Cabra, 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.

He was released from jail in 2013.

In November, an attempt on Douglas’s life was made when a car pulled up alongside him as he was walking his dog and shot him three times in the chest.

Speaking about the attack last year, Ms Douglas told the Herald that he had turned his life around since he was released.

“I don’t care about whatever his history is, but he’s on the good way now,” she said at the time.

“Since he is out (of prison) two years ago, he didn’t do anything wrong. I know he has some background history, but that’s the past. Everybody wants to change.

“I’m from China and if you try to do good, you will get a chance to make your life.”

Ms Douglas met her husband 14 years ago when she was working in a bar near his house, and together they have a daughter.

She described their time together as “a happy life for me and him", adding: “He enjoys his life and he loves all of us and his family.

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