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‘Always joyful and well liked’: Widow pays tribute to Ukrainian music teacher stabbed to death in Salford

By Dean Wilkins

The wife of a Ukrainian music school teacher who was stabbed to death in Salford has paid tribute to a ‘happy and joyful’ talented husband.

Yuriy Kozak, 46, was found with a serious stab wound by emergency services at a flat on Rodney Street at around 4.30pm on New Year’s Day.

The Ukrainian-born man, who was described as a ‘very popular man in the community’, was rushed to hospital but tragically died a short time later.

Yuriy’s widow, Helen, said: “Yuriy was a loving husband, father and brother to us all. He loved his family and was a real home-body.

“Yuriy was born in the Ukraine but moved to Britain nine years ago, and he was much loved by his local community.

“He used to be a music teacher in the Ukraine and taught children music at the Ukrainian Saturday School. He loved children and music was his passion. He played the piano and the guitar from being young.”

Two men in their mid-40s were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

Police and Ms Kozak are now appealing for anyone who has any information about the murder to come forward and help investigations.

“Yuriy had a good sense of humour and he was always happy and smiling. He was always joyful and liked to make people happy. He had many friends and was very popular in the community,” Mr Kozak’s widow added.

“If anyone knows of any information that could help the police with their investigation into Yuriy’s death, please contact them.

“We respectfully ask to be left in peace to grieve at our loss of Yuriy.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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