• The teen's mother and brother suffered slash wounds on their hands 
  • The attack was believed to be targeted as the men knew about the business 
  • The police said an investigation was underway, but no arrests have been made

An 18-year-old boy in London was knifed to death while protecting his mother from thugs who tried to steal designer jackets from his home-run business.

The teenager's mother and brother were also injured in the attack. Hussain Chaudhry, a law student, was stabbed in his neck around 5.20 p.m. (1.20 p.m. ET) Thursday by a man who posed as a customer at his home in Walthamstow, Evening Standard reported.

"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,” the victim's uncle, Reiss Chaudhry, said, Evening Standard reported.

A family friend said he believed the attack was targeted.

"It was targeted - the guy knew jackets were there because the business is run from the house. I have known the family for a long time. They are good hardworking people and are asking ‘How could this have happened to us?" he added, media outlet My London reported.

According to a witness, the robbers were teenagers and Chaudhry was trying to stop them from getting away. "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’," he said.

The report quoted the unnamed witness who said the thugs carried a commando-type knife.

"The boys were running away with another blood-stained blade. I felt his pulse but got nothing, he was laying lifeless with a neck wound. His father, mother, and brothers were all outside," he said, adding one of the boys picked up a jacket before running off, My London reported.

Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, took to Twitter to say the killing was not gang-related.

"CPR was performed but unfortunately not successful and life was pronounced at 6.08pm. Two family members have been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries," the tweet read.

The police said there have been no arrests yet. "The crime scene remains in place and enquiries are ongoing. At this early stage, there have been no arrests,” they said.

The officials have asked anyone with information to contact them on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5697/17Mar. They can also contact crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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