THE teenage killer who shot dead Zainab Kalokoh at a christening brutally stabbed a pastor's daughter to death just days later. The 18-year-old African youth, who cannot be named, gunned down Mrs Kalokoh as she cradled her six-month-old niece at a packed Peckham community centre. Two weeks later he was one of a gang of up to eight youths who mugged and knifed Ruth Okechukwu, 18, the daughter of a pastor from a Peckham church. She suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest, throat, wrist and hand in the horrific attack. Ruth had been studying sports science and had hoped to become a sports therapist for a Premiership football club.
The teenager was convicted of Mrs Kalokoh's murder after the court heard he fired the fatal shot.
At the Old Bailey yesterday he admitted murdering Ruth.
The Peckham teenager's gang pounced on Ruth in Red Lion Row, Walworth, on September 11, 2005.
Ruth's father Ben Okechukwu, 59, a pastor at Celestial Church, Glengall Road, Peckham, who is a critic of London's knife culture, was in court.
He said outside court: "This man has left an indelible scar on my heart. Ruth would have been 20 a couple of days ago.
"She was a very intelligent, very versatile girl. Who knows what she could have achieved. She has been a great loss to the community.
"We must not give up trying to stop youths carrying knives. A heavy sentence would be a deterrent, that is my belief."
Football-mad Ruth, the youngest of four children, had been studying for a B-Tec diploma in sports science when she died.
The killer is the son of an illegal immigrant from Angola who had an asylum application rejected but was allowed to stay in the UK after appealing.
The boy joined illegal immigrants Diamond Babamuboni, his brother Timy, both of Myers Lane, New Cross, and Jude Odigie, of Stephenson Crescent, Bermondsey,to rob the christening party in the Wood Dene Community Centre in Peckham.
The gang wore balaclavas and used a pistol and a sawn-off shotgun to hold up the party on August 27.
The Babamuboni brothers and Odigie were found guilty of manslaughter.
Mr Justice Gross is due to sentence the three teenagers convicted of the christening killing next month.
The double-killer will be sentenced later.