The heartbroken niece of a man murdered in Fife has told how the family have been left 'absolutely devastated' by his death.
Yesterday cops officially confirmed that 'a much loved brother and uncle' Mark Deavin was the man murdered on Saturday in Glenrothes.
We told how the 41-year-old was found injured on Boblingen Way in the town around 1.40pm and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, niece Carrie gave her thanks to well-wishers and said she would always love her uncle.
She wrote: "I want to thank every single person who has messaged regarding my uncle Mark.
"As you can understand we as a family are absolutely devastated and can't reply to every message but from the bottom of my heart thank you! Fly high Uncle Mark, love you so much."
In another post, Carrie shared a childhood picture with Mark adding: "Gone but never forgotten, Gran will look after you now."
There has been an outpouring of grief after the brutal murder, with many locals paying tribute to Mark who was also known as 'Fester'.
One wrote: "Absolutely gutted Fester you were always such a nice lad and friend, R.I.P thinking of your family."
Another added: "So sad such nice guy thoughts are with his family at this really sad time. Hope they catch person responsible rip fester xx"
A third added: "Fly high and Rest in peace mate. Another good one gone."
Mark's family had previously released a statement through Police Scotland.
They said: "We are completely devastated by his murder. He was a much loved brother and uncle and will be sorely missed by all."
Police are continuing their probe into the killing and have called on anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Houliston of the Major Investigation Team, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who saw Mark on Friday evening or into the early hours of Saturday morning.
"Likewise we would like to take to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in Bobligen Way in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“We have set up a website to give members of the public access to an online form which sends information directly to the enquiry team. You can chose to remain anonymous when submitting information.
“Anyone who can help is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference 0413 of 17 July, 2021.
"Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."