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Wife of gunned-down David Douglas in touching social media tribute

David Douglas
David Douglas

Yumei Douglas has paid tribute to her late husband, who was gunned down in the south-inner city last week, on Facebook.

David Douglas (54) was shot several times in the Dublin 8 area on June 30.

The shooting occurred on Bridgefoot Street in the south-inner city, near the entrance to the Shoestown shop which is owned by Yumei.

The shooting took place at around 4.10pm last Friday.

Douglas suffered serious head and chest injuries after the shooting, after which he was rushed to hospital.

He was walking in the area when he was shot several times by a lone gunman.

He was rushed to St James' Hospital but died later that evening due to the injuries caused by the brutal shooting.

In two separate touching posts on Facebook, Yumei paid tribute to her slain husband:

"No words to describe what happened since last week!


"Life is so short! Love whoever is beside you! We always say, "God always took the best!" But life has to be going, no matter how hard, no matter whose going with you, yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery.


"Those people who try to kill you, you chose to forgive them because of us, you wouldn't revenge."


"You were the best man in our heart, we love you no matter if you're here or somewhere else!"

The scene of the shooting on Bridgefoot Street

A burnt-out getaway car was discovered a short distance away from last Friday's hit.

The vehicle is a silver/grey coloured Mercedes Benz CLA, registration number 161-D-26702, which was stolen on June 23.

Gardai are investigating if this latest shooting is linked to the ongoing feud between the Hutch mob and Kinahan cartel.

Two violent men in their 20s, who are acting as the Kinahan cartel's main 'muscle', are the chief suspects in the murder probe.

Douglas previously escaped from a hit attempt with his life after being shot three times while walking his dog on Killala Road in Cabra on November 8, 2015.

The drive-by attempt on his life happened 100 yards from his home on the aforementioned road in Cabra.

Douglas suffered at least three gunshot wounds after a car pulled up alongside him during the evening of Sunday November 8.

The gunman is thought to have fired from inside the car as it was driven by.

Neighbours raised the alarm and Douglas was rushed to the Mater Hospital, where he was treated for serious chest wounds.

Douglas was jailed for five years in 2010 in connection with a seizure of over €500,000 of cocaine in 2008.

Gardai are also investigating Douglas' involvement in drug dealing. It is understood that he owed a debt to a major criminal gang.

The victim is also thought to have had links to a number of criminal factions, including the Hutch crime gang.