Mark Wright denies being friends with man ‘brutally killed in gang hit’ in Essex

Former TOWIE star Mark Wright has denied being friends with Paul Simmons-Turner, who was gunned down outside a Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey earlier this week.

Paul, who was well-known in Essex amongst TOWIE stars, was reportedly wanted by the police over a brutal assault on two men at the time of his murder.

Mark, however has denied a friendship, despite the fact an image has emerged of him with his arm around Paul, 30.

Paul Simmons-Turner
Paul Simmons-Turner

The picture, obtained by The Sun, sees the pair smilingly broadly while enjoying a drink and Mark is giving the thumbs up.

A source however told the paper: “Mark was not friends with Paul Simmons-Turner and has never socialised with him. He was aware who Paul was as he’s from the same area. But Mark has photographs taken with thousands of people.”

A rep for Mark declined to comment.

Yesterday scores of touching tributes to Paul – who was allegedly murdered in what police said appeared to be a “targeted attack” – were posted online.

FilmMagicJames Argent and Gemma Collins from TOWIE seen in Essex on April 27, 2012 in London, England
Arg has spoken out about his friend

James ‘Arg’ Argent, 28, said: “I am really upset and I just want to keep it between family and friends.”

Model Jake Hall told the Mirror: “I have known him from when I was a young boy.

“It’s just a bit of a shock.”

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