Mother of nine and nephew shot dead at flat in London

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A man and woman shot dead at a home in north London have been identified as a mother of nine and her nephew by members of the victims' family.

The Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation after the pair were pronounced dead by emergency services at the flat in Elmshurst Crescent in East Finchley, shortly after 6.30am on Thursday.

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."

Family members outside flats in in Elmshurst Crescent(Francesca Gosling/PA)

She added 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.

Police were called to the address after reports of two people injured.

outside the block of flats (Francesca Gosling/PA)

They found the two victims, confirmed as a man and a woman, with gunshot wounds. The pair were pronounced dead at the scene, detectives said.

A road which had been cordoned off has since been reopened.

A woman whose son was friends with Bevely said the young victim was a "great kid".

Bibiche, who did not wish to give her surname, added: "He was my son's friend. He was like a son to me."