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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 July, 2003, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Grief of shot toddler's father
David Grimason
David Grimason had returned to Scotland before the shooting
The father of a Scottish toddler shot dead by a gunman in a Turkish cafe has spoken of how the family's "world has fallen apart".

David Grimason flew out to be with his Turkish-born wife Ozlem after being told that their two-year-old son Alistair had been killed when the man opened fire.

Speaking of the grief felt by the family, the 31-year-old printer from East Kilbride said: "Alistair was our everything. Our world has fallen apart.

"We had so many plans for the future. We don't know what to do without Alistair.

"I don't know how we are going to overcome our grief."

Alistair Grimason  with his mother Ozlem
I have no idea how the bullets managed to get through and hit him
Ozlem Grimason
Alistair's mother

Alistair's parents have decided to bring his body home to Scotland for burial.

Mr Grimason returned to Scotland on Friday after spending two weeks with Ozlem and Alistair on the Turkish west coast.

They had been enjoying a holiday with Mrs Grimason's family.

The Grimason family were regular visitors to Turkey and own a holiday home in the village of Foca, near Izmir, where the shooting took place.

The Turkish Embassy in London has issued a statement saying a man has been taken into custody in connection with Alistair's death.

Earlier police in Turkey launched a nationwide hunt for a car dealer they named as the gunman who also shot one man dead and wounded two others.

Crowded restaurant

Alistair was shot when a row broke out at a cafe in Foca.

The child had been sleeping in a buggy while Mrs Grimason was having a meal with her mother.

Ozlem, 27, said the restaurant had been crowded at the time of the incident.

"I heard a shot sound. He was asleep in the baby cot," she said.

The scene of the shooting
Shots were fired at a pavement cafe
"I have no idea how the bullets managed to get through and hit him."

Police in Turkey expressed confidence that they would catch the killer.

The Turkish Embassy offered its sympathies to the Grimason family and said there had been "great public reaction" to what was an "unprecedented and isolated incident".

It said: "The chief public prosecutor of Foga has immediately launched an initial investigation and an arrest warrant has been issued for the prime suspects.

"This morning one man was taken into custody in relation with the incident.

"Although we have not received the official police report, initial information available suggests that following a fierce argument between a group of men at a cafe, one man shot at three others, killing one and wounding two others.

"Tragically, one of the stray bullets hit the pram where the child, Alistair Essizhan Grimason, was sleeping, next to his mother and grandmother who were sitting at a nearby table."

At least he'll get Turkish justice, not British justice - the punishment will fit the crime
David Grimason
Alistair's grandfather

The two men wounded in the attack were said to be out of danger as they recovered in hospital.

Alistair's grandfather, David Grimason senior, said he hoped the killer would be brought to justice.

"It really doesn't matter if they don't catch him at all, to be perfectly honest. Alistair was all that mattered," he said.

"At least he'll get Turkish justice, not British justice - the punishment will fit the crime. I hope they'd let me slit his throat."

Mr Grimason senior said the entire family had been devastated by his grandson's death.

He said: "I've been sitting here with a towel and just crying into it.

"I would see him every second day, if not every day. The last time I saw him was when I kissed him goodbye at the airport going to Turkey."

'So empty'

Alistair's uncle, Mark Grimason, described the toddler as a fun-loving, intelligent child who never cried and never complained.

Even at the age of two, he was bilingual in English and Turkish.

"It is going to be so empty without him," said Mr Grimason.

"You just can't imagine him not being here."

David and Ozlem both live and work in East Kilbride, but met and were married in Turkey.


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BBC Scotland's Alan Mackay
"The family fled as gunshots rang out"


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"A stray bullet struck his heart"



SEE ALSO:
Parents grieve for shot son
09 Jul 03  |  Scotland
Toddler shot dead in Turkey
08 Jul 03  |  Scotland
Country profile: Turkey
29 May 03  |  Country profiles



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