A teenager died in his mother’s arms after he was stabbed in the neck defending his family from thieves, his sister and friend have said.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation after 18-year-old Hussain Chaudhry was attacked on a busy street in Walthamstow, east London, during rush hour on Wednesday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics were called to Lea Bridge Road at around 5.20pm.
The force said the victim had been formally identified as Mr Chaudhry and a post-mortem examination on Thursday gave cause of death as hypovolemic shock and a stab wound to the neck.
The first-year student at SOAS University is reported to have fought off a thug trying to steal a designer jacket outside the family home.
His sister Afia Chaudhry said on an online fundraising page: “Yesterday my beautiful baby brother left this world the same way he came in, cradled in my mother’s arms.
“He died defending his family. His eyes were bright, his face showed no pain, he was at peace.
“To God we belong and to Him we return. You’re home now baby, I’ll see you soon.”
Relatives said his mother and brother were also injured in the attack.
The Metropolitan Police said a man in his 20s and a women in her 40s, both related to Mr Chaudhry, had suffered slash injuries to their hands and were taken to hospital.
The man has since been discharged, but the women has remains in hospital, the force added.
Mr Chaudhry’s friend Wahab Ahmed, who set up the page to build a mosque in his memory, described him as an “incredibly kind and beautiful soul”.
“On Wednesday March 17 2021, my beloved friend Hussain Chaudhry was tragically taken from this world protecting his family from thieves,” he said.
“Hussain was an incredibly kind and beautiful soul who always looked out for others.
“He was someone who always had a smile on his face, and was a blessing to the community. He will be greatly missed.”
Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton has urged anyone driving in the area on Wednesday evening to check dash-cam footage, and for local residents to check doorbell cameras for any insights into the crime.
He said: “A young man has lost his life in tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this awful time.
“The attack happened on a busy road during rush-hour and I know there would have been lots of vehicles passing at the time of the incident.”
Detective Superintendent Paul Whiteman said extra officers will be in the area over the coming days to help reassure the community and listen to concerns from residents.
He said: “We remain committed to tackling violent crime and we are working with a number of partners to help us prevent another tragic loss of life.
“You will see extra officers in the area this week and they will be using a range of tactics to target those who choose to put others in danger by carrying a knife.”