6 Days After Release, Killer Killed at Own Wedding

But his victim's father isn't celebrating
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2017 10:44 AM CST
In 'Ironic' Twist, Convicted Killer Shot Dead at Own Wedding
There will be no honeymoon for Daimi Akyuz.   (Getty Images/videnovic)

Six days after he was released from prison for the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy, a Turkish man was himself shot dead—at his own wedding on Saturday. Daimi Akyuz, 46, had been sentenced to a maximum of 36 years in prison after he opened fire at a cafe in the Turkish town of Foca in 2003, killing one man and injuring two others reportedly seated at his table, reports the Daily Record. Scottish toddler Alistair Grimason was also killed when a stray bullet pierced his lung as he slept in a stroller next to his Turkish mother, reports the BBC. Despite serving less than a third of his sentence, Akyuz was freed late last month; a source says prison overcrowding as a result of last year's failed coup spurred Akyuz's early release. His freedom, however, was swiftly cut short.

According to reports, Akyuz was gunned down outside his wedding in Izmir as he smoked a cigarette. Few other details are known, but authorities say they're in the process of interviewing five suspects. "It is ironic—he was not scared to use guns and that is how he was killed himself," says Alistair's father, David Grimason, who has campaigned for tighter gun controls since his son's death, per Yahoo News. But Grimason recalled that Alistair's killer had two children himself, "and they have lost their father. I don't take any joy in what has happened. I would rather that he was in prison and being punished for what he did," he continues. Grimason says his understanding was that Akyuz was to serve the entirety of his sentence. Instead, "they've let him out to be killed." (In the US, a bride lost her life just minutes after her wedding.)

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