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Family of double gunshot victims plan anti-violence protest

MURDERED: Annie Besala Ekofo and Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo

THE FAMILY of the double shooting victims will stage a protest against gun violence this weekend in north London.

Mother-of-nine Annie Besala Ekofo, 53, and her 21-year-old nephew Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo, 21, were fatally shot in a flat at Elmhurst Crescent, East Finchley last week.

Exactly one week to the day their tragic deaths, murder detectives have today returned to the scene at Elmhurst Crescent, East Finchley, in order to speak to local people.

A police spokesman appealed for anyone with information to come forward, adding: “We want to speak to people who would have been up and about in the area at the time of the shootings.”

A post-mortem examination revealed that the mother died from a single gunshot wound to the chest while Kalikaka-Ekofo died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Maymie Botaba Chantelle, Kalikaka-Ekofo’s mother, revealed that her son was studying psychology at the University of West London.

Paying tribute she said: “His character and soul was beyond comparison, and it goes without a doubt that he will be truly and deeply missed by his family.”

A statement released by Besala Ekofo’s family described the mother of nine as the glue that kept everyone together and a comforting voice in the hardest situations.

Friends and family of the victims are to stage a peaceful protest against violence this Saturday (Sept 24), and will march from Edmonton Police Station along Tottenham High Road to Tottenham Police Station.

The march, which will involve fellow members of north London’s Congolese community, will end at Kalikaka-Ekofo's mother’s house which is near to the Spurs football ground.

Obina Ezeoke, 24, was charged on Tuesday night (Sept 20) with two counts of murder and was remanded in custody when he appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court yesterday. He is due to appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

A 20-year-old man remains on bail until a date in late October.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0300, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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