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Relatives of Northampton murder victim Jon Casey say his it's left a hole in their family which they will never be able to fill.
Jon's family have issued a statement today as the Northants Police investigation continues:
"Words cannot express the feeling of sadness and loss in our family at this time.
Jon Boy, as he was always known to us, was a kind and caring son, partner, brother and a loving father to his two girls, one of which will now grow up never knowing her daddy and how proud of them both he was.
Our Jon Boy was the kind of person that could brighten your day in a second, his humour, wit and fun nature were loved by so many.
To have him taken from us in such a cruel way will leave a hole in our family that we will never be able to fill. Our hearts are truly broken.
To the lady and her son, who helped Jon Boy and let him know he wasn’t alone, we will never be able to thank you both enough for your kindness and compassion.
We would also like to thank the hospital staff who fought to save our Jon Boy’s life and save us all from this awful tragedy.
Additionally, we would like to thank Northamptonshire Police for their on-going support and their continuing efforts to find justice for Jon Boy.
In relation to the ongoing investigation we would urge anyone who has any information, regardless of how small you think it might be, to please contact the police, as any piece of information could be vital to the investigation and to help a family find the answers that we are desperately searching for."
Investigations into the death of Jon Casey, 35, are continuing today, and police are appealing for anyone who may have any information to contact them.
Mr Casey, a father-of-two, was found by a member of the public with stab wounds shortly before 5.30pm on Friday, January 16, close to the Lazeez restaurant on Barrack Road.
He was taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment but died a short time later.
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the Barrack Road area of Northampton on Friday afternoon and may have seen Mr Casey.
He is believed to have been in the Semilong area prior to the incident and police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen him on the Barrack Road, at about 5pm on Friday afternoon.
They would particularly like to speak to anyone who was driving along Barrack Road, out of town, near the old Royal Mail sorting office at about 5.20pm
Detective Inspector Mark Brayfield, from the East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said:
"Extensive searches of the area have been taking place throughout the weekend and are continuing today. This included the search of a house in Hester Street yesterday afternoon.
We have also been conducting house-to-house enquiries in the area to see if anyone saw any suspicious activity on Friday afternoon.
We believe Jon had been involved in an altercation with two black men prior to being found on Barrack Road, and we would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area and saw this incident to contact us if they haven’t already done so.
It is believed a number of cars had to swerve out of the way of the altercation which spilled into Barrack Road, near the old sorting office at about 5.20pm. We would like to speak to those motorists as a matter of urgency.
I would like to reassure people that this type of incident is rare in Northampton and that we are using every resource available to us to find the person responsible.
Anyone with any concerns can contact the local safer community team on 101."
Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.