Danish ex-gangster is shot dead as he leaves book launch of his memoir on leaving the criminal underworld

Danish ex-gangster is shot dead as he leaves book launch of his memoir on leaving the criminal underworld

Danish ex-gangster, 31, shot dead as he leaves launch of his book revealing life in criminal underworld

A former Danish gang leader has died after being shot leaving the launch party of his memoir about escaping the criminal underworld. 

Nedim Yasar, 31, quit Los Guerreros, a Copenhagen gang involved in the drugs trade, in 2012, after learning he was going to have a son. 

The attack took place after Mr Yasar had left a cocktail party in Copenhagen to celebrate his memoir, Roots, which was published yesterday, according to Joergen Ramskov, the chief editor of the radio station Radio24syv where Mr Yasar had a talk show.

Yasar was shot in the middle of a street in northwestern Copenhagen on Monday evening, after which the unknown gunman fled the scene.

The suspect, who was wearing dark clothes, fired at least two shots at Mr Yasar and fled on foot, according to an official statement from the Copenhagen police department.

Gunned down: Ex-gangster Nedim Yasar, 31, was shot leaving the launch party for his book Roots about quitting Copenhagen drugs gang Los Guerreros, by a gunman who fled the scene

A reformed Danish gang leader who wrote a memoir detailing his escape from a life of crime has been shot dead, a day before his book was published, police confirmed.

His book, Roots, about how he was able to leave a life of crime behind, was published today, the same day he died. 

Nedim Yasar, 31, was shot shortly after 7.30pm local time on Monday evening and was rushed to hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Since leaving Los Guerreros, Yasar, who was born in Turkey and came to Denmark at the age of four, had made a name for himself as a radio host.

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He often spoke of his life experiences on his radio show, and said in one of his final interviews before his death that he hoped his story would inspire other gang members to leave.   

In an interview published on Sunday, he said his advice to young people caught up in drugs and crime was: Go all the way, youll never regret it.

Memoir: Roots chronicles Yasars life of crime and how he was eventually able to leave it in 2012 after finding out he was about to have a son

So I had to choose; do you want a son who grows up and thinks youre a cool dad who is part of the gang world and does crimes to get respect, or do you want to leave that environment so your son can look at you differently and respect the person you are. 

Denmarks Minister for Justice Soren Pape Poulsen paid tribute to Yasar on Twitter, calling the killing 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.

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.

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