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Police shooting victim mourned

Hundreds of grieving friends and relatives have paid a quiet 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.

At his funeral, close to north London's Broadwater Farm estate, pastor Nims Obunge called for an end to underlying disquiet and told the congregation: "It took the death of Mark to show that there's something wrong."

Earlier on Friday, Mr Duggan's body was transported through the Broadwater estate in a white carriage drawn by four white horses. His brothers Marlon Duggan and Shaun Hall led the procession up to Wood Green's New Testament Church of God for the ceremony.

In a tribute read out by her sister Michelle Palmer-Scott, Miss Wilson said Mr Duggan, 29, would now be reunited with a baby the couple lost in 2008.

"He gave me four beautiful children and I will always love him for that," she added. "I can't believe you're gone, I can't believe you're not here, but you will always have that special place in my heart. I don't understand why you're gone so soon."

Concluding her message, she added: "You take care of baby Kylah. Now you are in heaven smiling down on us and you will always watch over us. No matter what the people say, your love for me was here to stay."

The congregation later attended a private ceremony at Wood Green Cemetery, ahead of a reception at Broadwater Farm Community Centre.


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