HeadLine: We don’t know what to do without Alistair.. he was our
The Mirror, 10/07/2003, p16
by SHAUN MILNE
THE heartbroken father of toddler Alistair Grimason – shot dead as he
slept in his pram – collapsed yesterday after seeing his son’s body.
Printer David Grimason, 31, was overcome by grief as he said a
heart-rending farewell to the 30-month-old who died when a crazed
gunman opened fire in a Turkish cafe.
David, who flew to Turkey from the family’s home in Scotland, said:
“Alistair was our everything. Our world has fallen apart. We don’t know
what to do without him.”
Alistair, from East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, was killed by a stray bullet
after a man went berserk during a drunken row.
His Turkish-born mum Ozlem, 27, had been having a meal at the cafe
while visiting relatives at Foca, near the popular resort Izmir.
She immediately wheeled Alistair outside to escape the gunfire – and
only later realised he had been fatally wounded through the heart.
Ozlem said: “My mum had taken him to the hospital and she came out and
told me that he had died. I couldn’t believe it.” Turkish police said
last night a suspect had been arrested over the incident, which also
left one man dead and two others in hospital.
Earlier they had launched a hunt for car dealer Daimi Aslan, 32.
A distraught Mr Grimason, who had only just returned to Scotland when
the shooting happened, said he hoped the killer would get life.
Alistair’s grandad, also David, who is recovering from a heart attack
said the family was devastated: “I’ve been sitting here with a towel,
crying into it. The last time I saw Alistair was when I kissed him at
He added bitterly: “At least his killer will get Turkish, not British,
justice – the punishment will fit the crime. I hope they let me slit
Alistair’s body is due to be flown back to Scotland for burial.
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