THE family of decapitated murder victim Frankie Dunne have said they are "numb and in shock" by the gruesome killing.
The body of Francis 'Frankie' Dunne, from Churchfield, was found in the garden of the vacant Castlegreina House on Boreenmanna Rd, with his head and arms removed.
In a statement, issued to Virgin Media, the family said: "Frankie, you’re at peace now - may god give you the best bed in heaven - you were one of a kind, a character, one of the funniest people to know.
"We are numb and in shock and tried so hard to help and even up to last week, but sadly you preferred the streets."
The family said at the time of Mr Dunne's death he wasn’t homeless but was living in a "lovely place for the homeless".
Mr Dunne's body was found by a neighbour searching for a cat on Saturday.
Cork Simon spokesperson Paul Sheehan said their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr Dunne, as well as those he shared the house with, in the High Support Cork Simon unit on Boreenmanna Road.
"It is a tough time and a sad time and a difficult one for the staff and volunteers that worked with Francis in the centre," he said.