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An ex-gang leader in Denmark died of gunshot wounds the day his memoir about leaving a life of crime went on sale.
At least two shots were fired Monday at Nedim Yasar, 31, as he left the launch of his book “Roots.” The memoir chronicles how Yasar quit the Copenhagen drug gang Los Guerreros (the Warriors) after finding out he was going to become a father.
The reformed gangster — who was born in Turkey but immigrated to Denmark at 4 years old — died Tuesday from his injuries. The gunman fled, police said.
After leaving a life of crime in 2012, Yasar became a mentor for young people and would talk about his experiences on a radio show on his local station Radio24syv. In 2017, Yasar revealed he’d been the victim of an attempted assault after quitting the gang.
In one of his final interviews, he said his story would inspire other gang members to leave.
The radio station flew its flag at half-staff Tuesday in Yasar’s honor.
“Farewell Nedim Yasar. Thanks for everything,” it tweeted.
Denmark’s Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen also paid tribute to Yasar.
“How sad and infinitely meaningless. I met Nedim once. I met a man who with all his heart wanted to create and [sic] new life and make a difference for others,” tweeted Poulsen. “My thoughts and compassion go to his friends and family.”
Denmark had a record number of gang-related shootings last year, police said.
With Post wires
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