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Tributes paid to former Taunton student and stab victim Robert Cox
4:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
FAMILY and friends of a former Taunton student who was stabbed to death, say they have been left devastated by his loss.
Father-of-two Robert Cox, 24, died in hospital following the incident outside a home for people with mental health issues, in Bishopston, Bristol, on Friday night.
Mr Cox’s family said he would be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his two children, Elisha and Alfie.
A family friend told the County Gazette Mr Cox was brought up in Somerset, and attended Brent Knoll Primary School and St Joseph's Primary School in Burnham.
He later attended King Alfred School in Highbridge, the former St Augustine of Canterbury School in Taunton and Bridgwater College, where he took a computing course, before moving to Bristol, where he had been living for the past few years.
The family friend said Mr Cox, who had mental health issues, was “bubbly and full of life”.
She added: “Everybody who knows Rob is devastated”.
Mr Cox, who had four brothers and two sisters, was a former member of the Sedgemoor Lifesaving Club and Brent Knoll Methodist Church.
While at Bridgwater College, he also worked as a care assistant at Burnham Nursing Home.
A 41-year-old Bristol man, Derek Hancock, was arrested following Mr Cox’s death and later charged with murder.
He appeared before Bristol Magistrates on Monday morning and his case was moved to Bristol Crown Court, where he was due to make his first appearance on Wednesday as the County Gazette went to press.
Friday night’s incident happened outside a home run by the Social Enterprise and Charity Home Group, which said it was “shocked and saddened” by the tragedy.
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