Danish Ex-Gangster Shot Dead after Launch of Book on Quitting Crime

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Nedim Yasar, former gang member, is seen in this picture taken on February 3, 2017
Nedim Yasar, former gang member, is seen in this picture taken on February 3, 2017. Tobias Nicolai/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) 

A former Danish gang leader died of gunshot wounds on Tuesday as his memoir on leaving the criminal underworld went on sale. He was shot a day earlier after an event to launch the book

Nedim Yasar, 31, made a name for himself as a radio host after quitting Los Guerreros, a Copenhagen gang involved in the drugs trade. His book, “Roots”, about pulling himself out of crime was published on Tuesday.

 

Nedim Yasar's books "Roots - a gangster's exit" are displayed in a bookstore in Copenhagen
Nedim Yasar’s books “Roots – a gangster’s exit” are displayed in a bookstore in Copenhagen, Denmark November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Emil Gjerding Nielson

 

At least two shots were fired at Yasar when he was leaving the book launch on Monday by a gunman who fled the scene.

Danish justice Soren Pape Poulsen paid tribute to Yasar, who was born in Turkey and came to Denmark at the age of 4, according to newspaper Politiken.

 

 

“How sad and infinitely meaningless. I met Nedim once. I met a man who with all his heart wanted to create and new life and make a difference for others. My thoughts and compassion go to his friends and family,” Poulsen tweeted.

According to news agency Ritzau, Yasar decided to leave his gang and join an exit programme after he learned he was going to become a father. He often spoke of his life experiences on his radio show.

 

The Danish flag is seen on half mast above the radio station Radio24syvm, after the former leader of the gang Los Guerreros in Denmark and employee of the radio, Nedim Yasar, was shot dead on Monday night on Hejrevej in Copenhagen
The Danish flag is seen on half mast above the radio station Radio24syvm, after the former leader of the gang Los Guerreros in Denmark and employee of the radio, Nedim Yasar, was shot dead on Monday night on Hejrevej in Copenhagen, Denmark November 20, 2018. Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

 

Police said Yasar told them in 2017 he had been the victim of an attempted assault, after he had quit the gang.

Denmark had a record number of gang-related shootings last year, police said. Some politicians linked the rise in violence to problems integrating non-Western immigrants.

 

(Reporting by Emil Gjerding Nielson; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

 

Police cars are parked on Hejrevej street after a shooting, in which, according to local media, former gang member and radio host Nedim Yasar was shot, in Copenhagen
Police cars are parked on Hejrevej street after a shooting, in which, according to local media, former gang member and radio host Nedim Yasar was shot, in Copenhagen, Denmark November 19, 2018. Picture taken November 19, 2018. Mathias Oegenda/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
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