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'Bad decisions' led to death of David Douglas says funeral priest

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
The coffin of is carried from the church in Cabra (Picture: Independent.ie)
The coffin of is carried from the church in Cabra (Picture: Independent.ie)

A priest has told mourners at the funeral of murder victim David 'Daithi' Douglas that bad decisions he made in his life resulted in his death.

The convicted drug dealer was gunned down outside his wife Yumei's shop on Bridgefoot Street, in Dublin's south-inner city, just over a week ago.

His funeral Mass took place this morning at the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Cabra.

Canon Damian O'Reilly said Douglas was "born into a loving family" 55 years ago.

"Daithi, like most of us, lived life his way.

"Some choices he made were very good choices, especially his decision to marry Yumei and having the wonderful gift of his daughter.

"Other choices he made in his early life were not the best choices for his life," Fr O’Reilly said.

"We come today to lay David to rest we silently smile as we recall his happy moments in his life and we reflect on some of the bad decisions he made, which resulted in the torments that life had inflicted on him resulting in his tragic death," he added.

Douglas previously avoided an attack on his life last November when he was seriously injured by a gunman linked to the Kinahan drug cartel.

He was eventually killed on July 1, with the Kinahan cartel again suspected of targeting him.

His grief-stricken widow revealed the couple's 14-year-old daughter was just yards away when her father was shot dead.

"She didn't see anything…but she called 999 when she heard people screaming outside.

"People said those killers are just animals, they're evil," she said.

Douglas was linked to the Provisional IRA in the 1980s and took part in a post office robbery in Tallaght during which he fired a rifle at a garda.

He received a 12-year sentence for attempted murder.