THE family of murder victim Timmy Hourihane say they are "naturally devastated" by his death and have appealed for privacy to mourn.
Timmy, a homeless former chef, died following a brutal weekend assault in the Mardyke Walk area of the city, where homeless people had gathered to live in tents.
The Bantry native was discovered lying close to his tent with a number of injuries to his body.
His tent had been set alight before emergency services arrived.
The family of Mr Hourihane has now issued a statement, which said they are "naturally devastated and are asking that their privacy be respected and that they be given time to grieve."
The statement asked that the media give them "time and space in this most difficult of times."
The statement added: "The family would ask that people would give any assistance that they can to An Garda Siochana to help bring some closure to the matter."
Anyone with information on the killing has been asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 4522000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.