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Julie Parkin's family 'utterly devastated' after primary school teacher's fatal stabbing

Tributes to primary school teacher killed in stabbing Photo: ITV News

The family of primary school teacher Julie Parkin has spoken out after she was fatally stabbed in Sunderland.

Relatives have paid tribute to the mother-of-two saying she 'was beautiful inside and out', and 'a perfect child'.

"Julie was the best person anyone could ever meet. She was the perfect child. She was beautiful inside and out and she brought something special to everyone she met. We are all utterly devastated. Her children are devastated. It is so tragic and we can't ever understand why anyone would do this.

"We would like to thank the school for their support. The teachers and kids have been brilliant and their support means so much to us. Julie was like a Mam to them all. Everyone who has been in touch, we thank you for your kind words, it really has been a comfort for us at this hugely difficult time."

– Family statement
Tributes to primary school teacher killed in stabbing Credit: ITV News

The 39-year-old suffered knife wounds during an attack in Kirkwall Close in the Castletown area in the early hours of 27 June.

Northumbria Police have said Julie, who worked at West Boldon Primary School, died in a 'domestic incident between people who knew each other'.

The school has described her as a 'popular teacher'.

We are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news.

She was a highly valued and respected member of staff who was popular with both pupils and colleagues.

We are working with the Local Authority to offer support to students and staff and will co-operate fully with any police investigation."

– Joanne Weightman, head teacher
Kirkwall Close, Sunderland Credit: ITV News

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the attack at around 12.10am and remains in custody.