A victim of a fatal stabbing died in his mum’s lap after thieves tried to steal designer jackets, it has been reported.
Officers have launched a murder probe after three members of the same family were all stabbed and one was left dead in the brutal attack on Wednesday.
Hussain Chaudhry, 18, and his mother and brother were all slashed in the robbery raid on their family home in Leyton at 5.20pm.
MyLondon reports that Hussain, who was studying law at SOAS university, was stabbed in the neck trying to protect his mother from thugs stealing designer jackets from the family business.
He died at the scene outside his home and his family were taken to hospital, where their conditions have been described as not life threatening.
Witnesses have since reportedly said the teenager was stabbed in the neck by an attacker posing as a customer who then fled the scene.
His uncle Reiss Chaudhry told the Evening Standard: “He died protecting his mother from the robbers. 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.”
A family friend was reported to have said the incident was ‘targeted’ and added: “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.”
One eyewitness was reported to have said the teenager’s mother was slashed on her thumb as she tried to save her son from being attacked.
A knife at the scene was described as ‘a commando-type knife.’
The Met Police earlier released an appeal for information about the stabbing and said they had now launched a murder probe.
Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, 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.
“I would ask anybody who was driving in the area to check their dash cams and local residents to review the footage on their doorbell cameras as these could hold vital information about what happened.”
Detective Superintendent Paul Whiteman, from the team responsible for local policing in Waltham Forest, 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 other’s in danger by carrying a knife.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.