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