Virgil Ovid Hawkins originates from [crime-infested] Dakota City. Gangs were commonplace&turf wars were a regular occurrence. All the local gangs agreed to settle things once&for all at an intersection of the three main gangs’ territories, a spot called Ground Zero. This “Big Bang” was no secret&when more than five hundred members converged that night, everyone in the area, police included, knew what was going down. The mayor decided to take advantage of the situation by marking herself as a “tough on crime” candidate for the next election. Once the fight began, she ordered the police to release a special tear gas containing a harmless radioactive marker, which would allow them to track any members who got away, but things went hideously wrong, as the gas killed over 90% of the people exposed, with the survivors either being mutated into monstrous forms or gaining superpowers. Those individuals became known as Bang Babies. Among them was Hawkins, who gained a variety of electromagnetic abilities; inspired by the comics he read, he decided to become the hero Static.
Static Shock, by DgSantos.