He went from aspiring rapper and graphic design student to high-ranking official in one of the world's most feared terrorist groups.
Now 23-year-old Raphael Hostey, who took the moniker Abu Qaqa al-Britani when he joined the Islamic State, has been killed while fighting in Syria, according to the Mirror.
Hostey, originally from Manchester, specialized in recruiting and radicalizing his countrymen in the U.K., using Twitter and other avenues to reach out to potential recruits online. He was part of a five-man recruiting team of British nationalists who boasted that they'd convinced "hundreds" of recruits to leave home and travel to Syria, the Daily Mail reported.
Also called "al-Britani Afro" or "Abu Afro" by his confederates because of his hairstyle, the young recruiter allegedly ran afoul of ISIS senior leaders for recruiting only attractive women to the terror group, and forcing his new recruits to remove their veils so he could pick the prettiest of them, the newspaper said.
Hostey also angered some of his fellow ISIS fighters by "stealing" their wives, or women they intended to marry after luring them from their home countries, the Mail report said. In addition, Hostey left a wife and young child behind when he left the U.K. to head to Syria in 2013.
He was originally a student at John Moores University in Liverpool, and initially traveled to Syria with two other friends from the same school. Those men, both 20, were killed in 2014 while fighting for the terrorist group, according to reports.
The U.K. government could not confirm Hostey's death, but post-doctoral researcher Amarnath Amarasingam of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada -- who studies the Islamic State and communicates with sources in Syria -- said he was told by multiple sources that the 23-year-old was killed in combat.
Shiraz Maher, a lecturer on war studies at King's College London, told the Mirror that Hostey's death was significant not only because he was a prolific recruiter, but because he was the last living member of a group of British recruits who joined the group in 2013.
“The death of Abu Qaqa [Hostey] represents the end of another era of British fascism," Maher said.