Family members of Hussein Ahmed have paid tribute to him after his teenage killers were convicted at the Old Bailey.
The 14-year-old duo cannot be named for legal reasons, but have been convicted of Hussein's murder as well as causing grievous bodily harm, wounding with intent and attempted GBH on two other 18-year-olds.
Hussein, a Business Management student from Edgware was cycling on Northolt Road, near South Harrow tube station when he saw his killers slashing two older boys with knives.
Hussein walked towards the boys and spoke to them but an eyewitness describes seeing him back away to avoid confrontation.
He was then stabbed outside Kebabish takeaway in the back with a nine inch "rambo" combat-style knife at around 5.10pm on November 18, 2016.
He staggered to the takeaway and collapsed. He was taken to hospital and had emergency surgery but was taken off life support three days later.
Speaking after the boys were convicted on Monday (June 19), Hussein's father told of the ordeal his family went through after his son's death.
Ahmed Catteye, his wife and two elder sons gathered around Hussein's bed in hospital after his emergency surgery.
"Hussein didn't look like same person I had remembered him as, you could see the shock his face and body had endured. You could clearly see he was fighting for his life," he said.
Mr Catteye also described how he and his wife had been forced into financial hardship, having to take months off work in order to support Hussein's siblings in their time of overwhelming grief.
He also told of his struggle in finding the words to explain to Hussein's little sister that her older brother would never be coming home.
"We hope no other family will have to go through what we have been through," he concluded.
Hussein's brother Shamarke remembered a hard-working and helpful boy who worked hard to study Business Management at university.
He went on to say that the teenager who loved to play football in the park with his friends was always first to lend a hand in any family crisis.
"Understandably, friends and family were truly shocked and confused over what happened to Hussein and everyone was asking why," said Shamarke.
"Hussein would never hurt anyone or get involved in fighting - he was a very peaceful person."
Detective Inspector Simon Stancombe, from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Hussein Ahmed was a young man with everything to live for. He had recently started a degree and was excited about the future.
"His murder on a busy Harrow street last November was as brutal as it was cowardly. A knife was plunged into his back as he tried to intervene against attackers in order to help others.
"Having carefully planned and coordinated the attack, his three killers armed themselves with knives and, wearing surgical gloves to avoid leaving forensic evidence, travelled across London in a taxi, in an effort to hunt down rival gang members and seek revenge for previous violent attacks.
"The two boys who murdered Hussein were just 14 years old. Tragically, it no longer comes as a surprise that children carry knives and are prepared to use them against other youngsters.
"Seven months on, Hussein's family are understandably still struggling to come to terms with their loss. Trying to explain to his little sister that he's never coming back makes the pain even worse.
"I would implore parents to talk to their children about both the utter futility and unimaginably grave consequences of carrying a knife. No more families should have to suffer the heartache that Hussein's family have."
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