‘Kind and bubbly’ gran stabbed to death outside pub was ‘trying to do the right thing’
A grandmother who was stabbed to death behind a pub has been described as a “lovely, kind and bubbly” woman who was “trying to do the right thing”.
Karen Dempsey, a Liverpool woman in her 50s, died after she was knifed in the chest in the car park of Brambles pub in Kirby, Liverpool, on Monday evening.
Emergency services were called out at around 8.10pm following reports of a fight and rushed Karen to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
A local man told the Liverpool Echo that Karen died after she tried to break up a fight between two men in a service road behind the pub.
Detectives have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder, after he handed himself in.
A second man, 38, was detained close to the scene on suspicion of s18 and affray.
Tributes have been pouring in for Karen with friends remembering her as someone who “lived life to the full”.
Lesley Parr said: “Those that knew Karen will know what a lovely, kind and bubbly lady she was, lived life to the full but it’s been cruelly taken away from her…
“She’ll be missed by many.. RIP Karen and my condolences to her family.”
Anthony McAllister said: “Died trying to do the right thing. Some blokes need to check their ego’s & learn to walk away.”
Stevie Rowe said: “There’s nobody Karen wouldn’t help. She always went above and beyond. A legend around our ways and we was all lucky enough to have her.”
Christine Bird said: “So sorry to hear this, thinking of her friends and family. Let’s end knife crime.”
Barbara Paul said: “Rip Karen you were such a lovely woman and done so much for our local community, will remember our chat on the bus yesterday. R.I.P you lovely lady.”
Annie Wright said: “In shock RIP Karen great memories from our days we lived next door to each other, thoughts are with all her family.”
Anne Darbyshire said: “Is it any wonder people keep themselves to themselves. Hearing that she was trying to break up a fight makes it even more heartbreaking than if she had just been caught in the cross fire. No fight was worth losing her life over. You just can’t get involved these days. Her poor family.”
Ju Evo said: “I’m so shocked, Karen helped so many people including myself. Thinking of all her family and friends.”
Kerry O’Brien said: “Rest in peace Karen one of our own, Kirkby legend.”
Jo Brown said: “So sad to hear this, an absolute gem of a lady who constantly went above and beyond helping so many. Always so full of life and smiles, she cared deeply. Devastating loss to all who knew her and the wider community.”
The local man who spoke to the Liverpool Echo went on to say that Karen was a ‘lovely person’ who used to work at the pub.
He said Karen was a Liverpool FC fan and had been at the pub to watch the Manchester United game.
He said: “She was devoted to her grandchildren.”
A man, in his 30s, also suffered puncture wounds to his arm and body as a result of the incident and was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.
An investigation is underway and CCTV, witness and forensic enquiries have been carried out.
Detective Inspector Laura Lamping said: “We are currently in the very early stages of an investigation as we seek to establish what has taken place.