The widow of a father of two who was stabbed to death in Perth on Sunday has broken her silence, paying tribute to the man whose desire to help those in need carried up to his dying breath.
Petr Levkovskiy has been remembered by friends and loved ones as an incredible father and husband to his family who moved from Russia just a few years ago.
The 42-year-old succumbed to a stab wound to his abdomen after attempting to return a stolen bike to a neighbourhood child in Bull Creek on Sunday morning.
A GoFundMe organised by a friend of the family to cover funeral costs and to help get the now single-income family back on their feet has raised almost $120,000 in just three days.
His wife, Anna Levskovskaya, watched on in horror as the attack unfolded and has now spoken out to thank the generous Australians who have donated and offered words of support.
“Your thoughts and kindness mean more than words can possibly express,” she said in a statement.
“I could never have asked for a better husband and father for my kids.
“Petr was smart, kind and giving. He will always be in our hearts.”
Mr Levkovskiy graduated with a masters degree in chemical engineering at Curtin University and worked as an engineer on Shell’s floating LNG plant in Western Australia’s northwest.
Family friend Anastassiya Onanchenko said Mr Levkovskiy had “never even thought before jumping in and helping someone else”.
“It was simply second nature to him,” she said in a social media post.
“Nothing was too much trouble. He was one of the most gentle and sweetest people. It was my privilege to know him and we will all miss him.”
A 15-year-old boy appeared in Perth’s Children’s Court on Tuesday charged with murder and theft after he allegedly stabbed Mr Levkovskiy when confronted over the bike.