Thursday 22 March 2018

Mourners bid farewell to victim at centre of riots

Katie Hodge in London

HUNDREDS of grieving friends and relatives came together yesterday to bid farewell to the police shooting victim whose death triggered devastating riots across England.

Emotional scenes played out as mourners united for Mark Duggan's solemn send-off amid simmering tensions sparked by his killing last month.

Leading the tributes to the father of four, his devastated partner Semone Wilson said her "first real love" was now "smiling down on us".

Mr Duggan's death in Tottenham, north London, on August 4 preceded four nights of violence and looting which spread across the country.

Yesterday at his funeral, close to north London's notorious Broadwater Farm estate, pastor Nims Obunge called for an end to underlying disquiet.

He told the congregation: "It took the death of Mark to show that there's something wrong."

Earlier, Mr Duggan's body was transported through the Broadwater Farm estate in a white carriage drawn by four white horses.

The ornate cortege was adorned with flowers. Emblazoned on it were the words "grandson", "son" and "dad".

Mr Duggan's brothers Marlon Duggan and Shaun Hall led the procession up to Wood Green's New Testament Church of God for the peaceful private ceremony.

Grieving friends, relatives and well-wishers had arrived earlier to pay their respects as the sounds of 'Amazing Grace' rang out.

Our picture (above) shows an unidentified mourner.

Irish Independent

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