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Mother-of-nine and nephew gunned down in horror double-shooting

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

The mother of a young man who was gunned down in a double-shooting at a home in North London has said she has lost her "life" and her "best friend".

The man, believed to be Bevely Ekofo, 21, was shot at a flat in Elmshurst Crescent in East Finchley, north London on Thursday morning while he was visiting his aunt.

Metropolitan Police have launched a murder inquiry after Mr Ekofo's aunt, a mother-of-nine named by family members as Anny Ekofo, 52, was also shot dead.

Mr Ekofo's mother, 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 by 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 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 Bevely 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."