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Thursday, 15 September 2016
Woman and nephew shot dead at flat in East Finchley, north London
A man and a woman shot dead at their home in north London have been identified as a mother of nine and her nephew by members of the victims' family. read more...
Police have launched a murder investigation after the pair were pronounced dead by emergency services at the flat in Elmshurst Crescent in East Finchley around 6.30am on Thursday.
It has been reported the pair were shot after five armed men entered the home on Thursday morning.
They have been named by family members as Anny Ekofo, 52, and her nephew Bevely, 21.
Mrs Ekofo's cousin, Fifi Selo, told the Press Association: "We cannot explain what happened.
"We don't know if it was because of their colour. It's a shock".She added that Mrs Ekofo and her husband Jean Pierre had been living in Britain 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.
"They were a nice couple and they had nine children. We don't know where they are."
Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called the address after reports two people had been injured.
They discovered the two victims, confirmed as a man and a woman, with gunshot wounds.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "The police woke us up this morning. There were about eight cars and three ambulances."
Members of Mr and Mrs Ekofo's family, including Mrs Ekofo's mother and sister from other parts of capital, were at the scene on Thursday.
Another distressed neighbour said: "They were a new family, they had only been here for about three months.
"As a mother I feel so sorry for the family. It's so hard to see another mother like this."
No arrests have been made and inquiries are continuing.