The thugs were after the designer jackets sold by the family. And for that, they left the teen to die and wounded his family members.
Trigger warning: The story has details of murder that might be distressing to some readers.
A mother helplessly watched her son die as he lay in her lap during the final moments of his life. The teenager was fatally stabbed in an alleged robbery while trying to protect his family members in a brutal attack unleashed by thieves. On March 17, the family's home in Walthamstow, London, was raided in the evening, leading to 18-year-old Hussain Chaudhry, his mother, and his brother being attacked by the thugs. It was reported that the thieves were after the designer jackets that Hussain's family sold as part of their family business, according to My London.
Witnesses in the area saw the attacker pretending to be a customer before stabbing Hussain in his neck. After attacking him and his family members, the thieves managed to escape the scene while Hussain was left to die in his mother's arms.
#WalthamForest— London 999 Feed (@999London) March 17, 2021
BREAKING: A man has been stabbed to death in #Leyton, east-London.
Met Police say at 5:20pm they were called to Lea Bridge Road, E17.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second man was found with severe cuts to his hands.
"One of them stabbed him in the neck. The mother was screaming 'they have stabbed my son, I’ve just been shopping they stabbed my son,'" a 35-year-old witness told Evening Standard. "He was on the ground, there was a commando type knife there. The boys were running away with another blood stained blade."
Although the mother and brother were also stabbed, they are out of danger but are still grieving the loss of their loved one, who was killed at around 5.20 p.m, during rush hour. "He died protecting his mother from the robbers," the teen's uncle, Reiss Chaudhry said, according to Evening Standard. "He died in her lap. He was studying law at SOAS. He was a great boy. His mother is in surgery - her hand has been severely cut. We are all devastated."
Seeing the boy lose his life in a devastating manner, a family friend said, "He was killed over a jacket, how stupid is that? He sold designer jackets and this guy came to steal them and the victim fought back. It was targeted - the guy knew jackets were there because the business is run from the house."
One of the attackers did manage to run off with a jacket, and the family friend said, "They are designer jackets so worth a few hundred pounds but a life had been lost over this, I just cannot understand it."
On behalf of the family, a GoFundMe page was set up and has so far raised more than $47,700.
Hussain's sister also shared an emotional message on the page and said, "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."
Following the incident, the police launched a murder investigation and urged people who were in the area during the attack to come forward with any details they might have. On March 21, the Metropolitan Police released an update about arresting a suspect named Marvin Ward, who is the same age as Hussain. Marvin was charged by the police in connection with Hussain's murder, along with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack on the mother and brother. Charges of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon were also added.
Cover image source: Metropolitan Police