Touching tributes are shared on social media and fundraising pages, following the death of 18-year-old law student Hussain Chaudhry…
Family and friends have paid public tribute to Hussain Chaudhry, the teenager who was tragically killed in a knife attack on Lea Bridge Road in Walthamstow.
Law student Hussain, 18, was stabbed in the neck outside his family home near the Grove Road junction on Wednesday, 17th March. Police were called at 5.20pm, and Hussain was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death was later determined to be hypovolemic shock and his injuries.
Two relatives, a 20-something man and 40s woman, suffered slash injuries to the hands. Both were treated in an East London hospital and have since been discharged.
In an emotional tribute, Hussain’s sister Afia Chaudhry wrote on Twitter: “Yesterday my beautiful baby brother left this world the same way he came in, cradled in my mother’s arms.
“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.”
A spokesperson for the Waltham Forest Council of Mosques later told the Evening Standard that the Chaudhry family had been vital in building a mosque opposite Lea Bridge Road.
They said: “The Ummah has lost an incredibly brave and beautiful soul in our beloved bro Hussain Chaudhry.
“His family are a blessing to our community; Hussain was no exception. He was incredibly polite, sweet, steadfast in his prayers and showed love to everyone in the most amazing of ways.”
Several fundraising pages have been set up in Hussain’s memory.
The Islamic Society at Hussain’s university, SOAS University of London, set up a charitable JustGiving page in his honour, which has raised over £70,000, surpassing its goal by £10,000.
The page said: “Following the tragic news of Hussain Chaudhury’s death, SOAS Islamic Society is raising money for a water well to be built as sadaqah jariya in his name.
“Hussain was in his first year of studying Law at SOAS and lost his life protecting his mother. We ask Allah (SWT) to have mercy upon him, forgive all his sins and grant him the status of a martyr.”
And a friend, Wahab Ahmed, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to build a mosque in Hussain’s memory. The online fundraiser surpassed its £40,000 goal within four days.
“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. You will forever be in our hearts Hussain, InshaAllah we will meet again at the gates of Jannah,” the page reads.
“With the family’s blessings and permission we are raising money to build a Mosque in memory of Hussain. The donations will be forwarded to the family to start the project.”
Marvin Ward and Alexis Morris, both 18 and from Ilford, have been charged with murder. A third person has been charged with assisting an offender.
Police, as of 20th March, were continuing to appeal for further information from the public.
Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “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.”