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'Don't use my brother's death as an excuse for violence' LONDON RIOTS GRIEF AND TORMENT.

Byline: ANDREW GREGORY

MARK Duggan's grieving family appealed for calm on the streets last night - but still demanded answers about how and why he was killed.

His elder brother Shaun Hall called on the police to "come clean" about the circumstances of the fatal shooting on Thursday evening.

It is understood two shots were fired by officers after they stopped the cab in which he was a passenger to carry out a pre-planned arrest.

Just moments earlier Mr Duggan had sent a message to friends revealing that he had spotted men from Operation Trident - which investigates gun crime in the black community - following him in a green unmarked Volkswagen van.

In his last message sent from his BlackBerry, Mr Duggan told close pals: "Watch out 4 a green vw van its trident dey jus jammed me."

Just minutes later Mr Duggan, 29, was shot. He died at the scene.

Placed under surveillance because of fears he would try to avenge his cousin's murder, Mark Duggan was described as a "well known gangster" by police sources.

His cousin Kevin Easton, a rapper known as Smegz, was stabbed to death outside La Boheme nightclub in Mile End, East London, in March.

Mr Duggan, known as Starrish Mark, was said to have been a member of the North London gang Tottenham Man Dem - which has been linked to Jamaican "yardie" criminals and is responsible for a series of murders.

The gang was said to have taken root on the Broadwater Farm Estate prior to the riots in 1985,

One member, Mark Lambie, who was cleared of murdering PC Keith Blakelock during the disturbance, was convicted in 2002 of kidnapping two men and torturing them with a hammer and an electric iron and pouring boiling water over their genitals.

And two further members, Junior Cameron, from Hornsey, North London, and Darrell Albert, from Brent, were given double life sentences in 2009 for gunning down Gary Guthrie, 35, in Streatham, South London.

Before he was stopped on Thursday night Mr Duggan used his BlackBerry to send his girlfriend Semone Wilson, 29, a message saying: "The Feds are following me."

According to Met sources Duggan died after firing a handgun at an armed policeman, who survived after a bullet hit his radio.

An officer returned fire with a Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun - hitting Duggan twice.

But it was reported last night that initial scientific tests showed the bullet said to have hit the radio was a police issue round.

If confirmed that could throw a shadow over first reports of an exchange of fire between Mr Duggan and police who approached him.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission spokesman said: "We await further forensic analysis to enable us to have a fuller and more comprehensive account of what shots were discharged, the sequence of events and what exactly happened.

"In the meantime we would request people are patient while we seek answers to the questions raised by this incident."

Speaking at the family's home in Tottenham last night Mr Duggan's mother Pamela said: "I can't sleep. I can't think. We're all in a dreadful state. I haven't been able to go out of the house for days."

His brother Mr Hall, 42, added: "The police have not been to my home since Mark was killed. We want to why that is. i've got two parents upstairs who are shaking. They want to know what happened to their son.

"They don't have any answers - that is what they need.

"The police should come clean and tell us what happened.

"They should come and tell us what happened to our brother, our son.

"He was a loving father. He had six children he loved dearly. Those children have been left without a father."

He added: "Nobody has come forward and said, 'This is what has taken place.' Whether we believe what they are saying or whether we don't, there should be someone here putting my parents' minds at rest about what is going on.

"And we don't want Mark being portrayed as some kind of gangster. He is a family man."

Mr Hall also angrily rejected allegations that his younger brother had opened fire on police, saying: "i think it's rubbish. My brother is not that sort of person. He is not stupid enough to shoot at police. That is ridiculous."

Speaking after a peaceful protest turned into a full-scale riot at the weekend, Mr Hall added: "We are not condoning any kind of action like that at all to be taken in my brother's name.

Questions were supposed to have been answered. They weren't.

"Therefore there was a domino effect from that, which we don't condone.

"I know people are frustrated. They are angry at the moment but i would say please try and hold it down.

"What is going on is not a reflection of what happened to my brother. it's not something that should be linked.

"I would say to people please don't make this about my brother's life. My brother was a good man."

The IPCC is conducting an investigaknow tion into why the father-of-six was shot. last night IPCC commissioner rachel Cerfontayne said that a non-police firearm had been found at the scene of Mr Duggan's death.

Ms Cerfontayne said: "Mark Duggan's family and the community in Tottenham need answers about what happened to him.

"And we will investigate independently, thoroughly and robustly so that we can give them answers. Over the coming hours we will be interviewing key witnesses including firearms officers who attended the scene as well as independent witnesses.

"While the investigation is at such a critical stage i cannot give out further bits of information until we have proven what is fact and what is rumour.

"There are however a number of things i would like to address.

"Speculation that Mark Duggan was 'assassinated' in an execution style involving a number of shots to the head are categorically untrue.

"Following the formal identification of the body, Mr Duggan's family know that this is not the case. i would ask anyone reporting this to be aware of its inaccuracy and its inflammatory nature."

She went on to appeal for calm and added: "The distress that Mr Duggan's family are in the midst of is understandable, but the violence and disorder we have witnessed over the last 24 hours can never be acceptable."

LAST MESSAGE

Mr Duggan's BlackBerry warning to his friends

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NEW DAD Tragic Mark with first child AFTERMATH Police at scene of attempted arrest and the fatal shooting on Thursday FUN TIME Mr Duggan and, right, with girlfriend Semone Wilson MEMORY Facebook page set up in tribute
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