Late on Thursday afternoon reports came in that a man had been shot dead by police in the London Borough of Tottenham.
It turned out that the person who had been shot and killed by police officers was local man Mark Duggan.
Twenty-nine year old Duggan was travelling in a taxicab when it was stopped by armed police officers from Scotland Yard’s Operation Trident who’s mission is to fight against black-on-black gun crime.
According to Scotland yard, there was an exchange of gunfire Â in which Mark Duggan was killed.
Duggan was engaged to Semone Wilson, 29, and together they had two sons and a baby daughter.
“Mark was a good dad.
“He loved his kids dearly.
“He idolised them”, said Ms Wilson.
All of the dead mans family insist that he was unarmed when the officers shot and killed him and have demanded “Justice For Mark.”
But there was another side to Mark Duggan far removed from the picture painted of an unarmed father of four who was travelling home minding his own business in a taxi on Thursday and shot dead by police.
He grew up on the tough streets of the Broadwater Farm Estate and was known by another alias, “Starrish Mark”, which noted his membership in a notorious group who go under the name of “The Star Gang” Â and dominate the streets of London’s N17.
Members of The Star Gang represent violence, fear, intimidation and drugs.
According to some of the local residents, Mark Duggan dealt Class A drug crack cocaine and regularly carried a gun, more so however since his cousin Kelvin Easton, 23, got stabbed through the heart with a broken bottle in an east London club back in March of this year:
“Duggan was paranoid about what happened to his cousin.
“He had a gun to protect himself because of what happened to Kelvin”, said one local resident.
The Star Gang is believed to have formed after Tottenham’s the ruthless ‘Man dem’ gang.
The Man Dem ruled over the area of Broadwater Farm and controlled countless crack-houses and were behind many heinous killings, kidnappings, shooting and robberies in the late 90s.
The leader of these incredibly violent ‘Man Dem’ was Mark Lambie whom police suspected was involved in the horrendous death of PC Keith Blakelock who was hacked to death by a murderous gang during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots.
Mark Lambie was just 14-years-old and imprisoned in 2002 for 12-years for a string of gang-related crimes including torturing two rival gang members with a hammer and an electric iron.
Enter The Star Gang to terrify and rule the streets of London.
Another peice of incriminating evidence directly linking Mark Duggan to The Star Gang is of him using his fingers to make a ‘gangsta’ Â like pose on a photograph circulating the internet and the words ‘Star Gang’ printed on his T-shirt.
It seems ironic that the onslaught of violence and disorder on the streets of Tottenham that has now spread to many other London Borough’s began with the death of Mark Duggan, a man who was well known to the police but had never been sent down to prison for anything, a man his family claim would have rather run from the police than shoot at them.
Left outside his parents North London home was a floral tribute to Mark Duggan with the message from a rival postcode gang:
The devastating and mindless violence of the London Riots 2011 continue.