The family of 55-year-old Karen Dempsey, who was the victim of a fatal stabbing in Kirkby on Monday, 22 August, have paid the following tribute to her:
“Karen was a beautiful, vivacious and compassionate woman who always had a smile on her face and lit up a room. Her zest for life was infectious and it left others breathless. She loved being surrounded by her family and friends.
“Karen was dedicated to her work and in helping others she made a real difference to people’s lives. She was a fantastic advocate for social justice for more than 30 years and her loss will be felt right across Kirkby.
“As a family we are devastated by her untimely death – it was her willingness to help that lead to her being cruelly taken from us.
“She will be sorely missed by her family and friends – her death has left a huge void in our lives.
“We would like to thank the police for their investigations and the emergency services who fought so hard to save her life.”
Karen’s family have asked for privacy as they grieve for their loss.