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Widow of slain Sydney lawyer posts heartbreaking tribute

The distraught widow of slain solicitor Ho Ledinh has posted a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband, just hours after visiting the cafe where he was gunned down.

Huong Thu Ngo returned to Sydney from Vietnam on Thursday morning with their three children, and visited the Happy Cup Cafe in Bankstown on Friday night.

Mr Ledinh, 65, was killed execution while sitting at the cafe, which he used to own, just before 4pm on Tuesday in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers.

The distraught widow of slain solicitor Ho Ledinh (pictured) has posted a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband, just hours after visiting the cafe where he was gunned down

Huong Thu Ngo (pictured) returned to Sydney from Vietnam on Thursday morning with their three children, and visited the Happy Cup Cafe in Bankstown on Friday night

Huong Thu Ngo (pictured) returned to Sydney from Vietnam on Thursday morning with their three children, and visited the Happy Cup Cafe in Bankstown on Friday night

Mr Ledinh, 65, was killed execution while sitting at the cafe (pictured), which he used to own, just before 4pm on Tuesday in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers

Mr Ledinh, 65, was killed execution while sitting at the cafe (pictured), which he used to own, just before 4pm on Tuesday in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers

Ms Ngo wrote a moving caption next to a photo of the well-known criminal lawyer she posted on Facebook.

‘You let me see you every minute, see this smile and optimistic eyes to try to live well. Please escape and then go home with your mother,’ the tribute read.

‘This life I love you and never ever wanted to leave you .. a must remember!!’

Mr Ho’s widow visited the Happy Cup Cafe for the first time since the slaying last night, according to family friend Vivian Vo.

Mr Ho's widow visited the Happy Cup Cafe for the first time since the slaying last night, according to family friend Vivian Vo (pictured)

Mr Ho’s widow visited the Happy Cup Cafe for the first time since the slaying last night, according to family friend Vivian Vo (pictured)

Mr Ho's widow visited the Happy Cup Cafe (pictured) for the first time since the slaying last night, according to family friend Vivian Vo

Mr Ho’s widow visited the Happy Cup Cafe (pictured) for the first time since the slaying last night, according to family friend Vivian Vo

‘She needed to go there for her own peace, to see where it happened,’ Ms Vo said.

‘She cried a little bit, but she is still in shock, she does not believe her husband has gone.’

Ms Vo said Mr Ho’s three children, aged five, four, and 15-months, do not understand their father is dead.

‘The baby only knows one word, “Daddy”. She just keeps saying “Daddy, Daddy”, she said.

‘Even when the phone rings, she says “Daddy”. It is heartbreaking.’

The shooter (pictured in green) was caught on CCTV immediately before shooting the Vietnamese-born lawyer up to four times at point-blank range

The shooter (pictured in green) was caught on CCTV immediately before shooting the Vietnamese-born lawyer up to four times at point-blank range

The gunman (pictured) was wearing a dark-coloured cap, dark sunglasses, a high-visibility vest, dark-coloured pants and shoes, grey gloves and a raincoat that was either dark green or black

The gunman (pictured) was wearing a dark-coloured cap, dark sunglasses, a high-visibility vest, dark-coloured pants and shoes, grey gloves and a raincoat that was either dark green or black

A funeral is planned for next week, but Ms Vo said they are waiting for Mr Ho’s body to be released. 

New South Wales Police formed Strike Force Eugene as they launched a manhunt for the gunman.

The shooter was caught on CCTV immediately before shooting the Vietnamese-born lawyer up to four times at point-blank range.

He was wearing a dark-coloured cap, dark sunglasses, a high-visibility vest, dark-coloured pants and shoes, grey gloves and a raincoat that was either dark green or black.

The gunman was described as having an olive complexion, possibly of Pacific Islander appearance, and of medium build.

Pictured are Mr Ledinh and Ms Ngo

Pictured are Mr Ledinh and Ms Ngo

‘You let me see you every minute, see this smile and optimistic eyes to try to live well. Please escape and then go home with your mother,’ the tribute read (pictured, left and right, are Mr Ledinh and Ms Ngo)

Ms Vo said Mr Ho's three children, aged five, four, and 15-months, do not understand their father is dead (pictured are Mr Ledinh, Ms Ngo and two of their children)

Ms Vo said Mr Ho’s three children, aged five, four, and 15-months, do not understand their father is dead (pictured are Mr Ledinh, Ms Ngo and two of their children)

He was last seen running from the busy cafe down Stewart Lane in Bankstown and remains on the run.

Police said they intend to investigate clients of Mr Ledinh’s, some of whom had links to organised crime.   

Mr Ledinh was the principal of Ledinh Lawyers which has its offices in Bankstown’s Old Town Centre Plaza and was admitted as a solicitor in 1999.

Well-known in his local area, Mr Ledinh wrote columns on legal issues for the anti-communist Saigon Times news website in Sydney.

Huu Nguyen, who gave his friend CPR after the shooting, suggested his links to the criminal underworld or Vietnamese communist enemies could be responsible.

Well-known in his local area, Mr Ledinh (pictured) wrote columns on legal issues for the anti-communist Saigon Times news website in Sydney

Well-known in his local area, Mr Ledinh (pictured) wrote columns on legal issues for the anti-communist Saigon Times news website in Sydney

 

 



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