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Two men arrested for shooting mother-of-nine and her nephew

TRAGIC: Annie Besala Ekofo and Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo

TWO YOUNG men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a mother-of-nine and her nephew were shot dead in north London.

Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo, 21, and his aunt, Annie Besala Ekofo, were shot dead in her home on Elmhurst Crescent in Finchley in the early hours of Thursday morning (Sept 15).

Police launched a murder investigation after they were called to reports of a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

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.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 6.25am on Thursday to reports of two people injured at an address in Elmshurst Crescent.

Officers attended the address and found Annie Besala Ekofo, 53 and her 21-year-old nephew suffering from gunshot injuries. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

DOUBLE SHOOTING: Police at the scene of the incident on Elmhurst Crescent [PIC CREDIT: @miliremersaro]

Four other people, including a child, who were also inside the address at the time were not harmed.

A 20-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning (Sept 17) and a second man, aged 24, was arrested on Sunday (Sept 18).

Both men were arrested on suspicion of murder.

The post-mortem examination for Kalikaka-Ekofo, was conducted on Saturday at Northwick Park Hospital Mortuary. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

The post-mortem examination for Annie Besala Ekofo awaits.

Anyone with information 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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