A teenager stabbed to death over designer jackets in East London sent his friend a photo of his new Moose Knuckles range he was selling online the day before the tragedy.
Hussain Choudhry was described by a childhood pal as a bright and talented man who was following in his brother’s footsteps studying law.
The 18-year-old student died in his mother’s arms on Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, who was described as a caring and overprotective mum who would not let him get into any trouble.
The friend, who did not wish to be named, spoke to Hussain’s brother today who asked him to pray for the family. He added that Hussain’s family would also be praying at this time.
He said: “Hussain sent me a snap [on Snapchat] of his new stock the day before it happened. He had some new Moose Knuckles jackets in. It’s just shocking how this has all happened.
“His mum was very overprotective of him and wouldn’t let him get into any trouble. They were a very respectable and successful family. His dad also helped to fund the mosque across the road.
“I think he was following in his brother’s footsteps to study law as his older brother is a lawyer. His sister has a lovely family and his other brother is a great guy too.
“He was good and art and he was very smart, a talented guy all round. I spoke to his brother today and he seemed to be doing okay. He asked me to pray and I think the family will also be praying and trying to be patient at this time.”
Hussain was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics rushed to his aid.
Moose Knuckles jackets are a Canadian designer brand that can cost from £200, with some lines as much as £1,500 when new.
Forensics continued to examine the family home for evidence this afternoon as scores of friends, family and community members came to lay flowers and say a prayer for Hussain at the cordon.
One forensics investigator comforted a friend who wept at the police tape surrounding the terrace house.
One flora tribute left outside the house read: “You are in our thoughts and in our hearts. With all our love rest in peace.”
A Met Police officer was seen delivering snacks to the property as forensics continued to work, loading evidence bags into a police vehicle.
This evening Scotland Yard launched an appeal for information from anyone who may have witnessed the killing.
Police confirmed a man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s – said to be Hussain’s mother and brother – were rushed to hospital found with slash injuries to their hands.
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They were taken to a hospital in East London for treatment but have since been discharged, the Met Police said.
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.”
A post-mortem examination is due to be held to determine the cause of death, police said.
Extra officers will be in the area over the coming days to help reassure the community and listen to concerns from residents.
Detective Superintendent Paul Whiteman, from the team responsible for local policing in Waltham Forest, added: “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.
“We rely on the support of the local community and I would ask anybody with concerns to contact us on 101 or to report information anonymously to Crimestoppers.”
Anybody with information can call the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or 101 and quote CAD5697/17MAR.