A TEEN has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an 18-year-old boy who died in his mum's arms after being stabbed while defending his family.
Hussain Chaudhry was knifed in the neck as he and his family fought off a robber trying to steal a designer jacket outside their home in east London.Hussain Chaudhry was stabbed to death outside his home in WalthamstowCredit: Met Police
The first year law student at SOAS University in London was declared dead at the scene.
His mum and brother suffered slash wounds to their hands in the attack, with the mother still in hospital receiving treatment.
Police today confirmed an 18-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
A 16-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the investigation has been released under investigation.
Hussain's heartbroken family have now paid tribute to the tragic teenager.
They said in a statement: "We are deeply grieved by the loss of our beloved Hussain and respectfully ask for the privacy and space to come to terms with this tragic situation.
"We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their kindness, compassion, condolences, prayers and goodwill. We have no other comment at this time.”
'DIED IN MUM'S ARMS'
His sister Afia Ahmed Chaudhry previously revealed Hussain died in his mum's arms after the bloodbath.
She 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 & to Him we return. You're home now baby, I'll see you soon."
Hussain's devastated uncle Reiss Chaudhry said his nephew died trying to save his mum before he died in her arms outside their home.
He said: “He was just trying to protect his mum.
"He was a good boy and such a lovely boy.
“His mum was badly cut across her hand and his brother was hurt too and they are both still in surgery.
"He was stabbed in the neck and he died laying in his mother’s lap.”
A Launch Good fundraiser for legacy projects in honour of Hussain has received almost £50,000 in donations.
Police confirmed extra officers will be patrolling the streets to help reassure the community.
They today released a fresh appeal for information following the stabbing.
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 remain with his family and friends at this awful time.
“I am continuing to appeal for any witnesses to come forward and speak with my team. Any piece of information could prove to be vital.”
Anyone with information has been asked to call police on 101 or 020 8345 1570 quoting CAD 5697/17Mar.Hussain was declared dead at the sceneCredit: Collect Patrols have been stepped up in the area Tributes have been paid to Hussain after his tragic death
Eyewitness to Hussain Choudhury stabbing in London gives harrowing account of what she saw and says her son is now 'too afraid to go out'