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Family say 21-year-old man and aunt were gunned down in mistaken identity shooting

The scene of today's shooting
The scene of today's shooting

A mother-of-nine and her nephew were the victims of mistaken identity when they were gunned down and killed in an early morning double-shooting, family members have said.

The Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation after the victims - named by family members as Bervil Ekofo, 21, and his 52-year-old aunt Anny Ekofo - were fatally shot at a flat in Elmshurst Crescent in East Finchley, north London, on Thursday morning.

Speaking from the scene, Mr Ekofo's mother said she has lost her "life" and her "best friend".

Maymie Botamba told the Press Association: "He was my life, they have taken my life away. He was my best friend.

"He was so lovely and kind to everyone, always surrounded by girls. He had never been in trouble before, he had never been in a fight in his life."

Police were called to the address at 6.25am to reports of two people injured with gunshot wounds.

Three ambulances and an air ambulance also attended, but both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members who came together to grieve outside the address said they did not know what had happened, but believe that the two were killed by mistake.

One relative, who did not wish to be named, said: "We think they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We think someone came to the address looking for someone else and when Anny answered the door, they shot her. We think (Bervil) was in his bed sleeping."

Mrs Ekofo's cousin, Fifi Selo, said that Mrs Ekofo and her husband Jean Pierre had been living in the UK for around 25 years after moving from Congo in central Africa.

Ms Selo, 38, said: "They were an amazing family. Anny was the kind of person who was a mum to everybody. She always brought everybody together."

Family members, including Ms Botamba, rushed across police lines as the bodies were removed from the address on Thursday afternoon.

At least 30 friends and relatives comforted each other as the bodies were driven away.