Tributes paid as Irish dad-of-two is killed in his US home
A FAMILY have spoken of their "absolute devastation" after their brother was killed in the United States.
Jason Corbett (39), originally from the Janesboro area of Limerick, was found dead in his home in North Carolina early on Sunday.
Detectives at the Davidson County Sheriff's Office are investigating after Mr Corbett was found with fatal head injuries.
Reports indicate that police were called to the scene after an alleged assault at 3am at a house in Panther Creek Court.
Officers found Mr Corbett unconscious and unresponsive inside the property.
His sister, Tracey Lynch, said her family are still in shock after learning the news.
"We're absolutely devastated. We really are unaware of the details other than my brother was killed on Sunday at 3am," she told the Herald.
"I was over in France and flew back to Ireland after I heard.
"Jason moved over to the United States four years ago. He had a wonderful life with friends both in America and here as well."
Mr Corbett had two children aged eight and 10 from a previous marriage. Ms Lynch said he was a "fantastic father to Jack and Sarah".
Mr Corbett's first wife, Mags, died in 2006 after suffering an asthma attack.
"He was a really loving father and a loving brother," said Ms Lynch.
"He was caring and good fun to be around, a terrific man and a great dad to his kids. He was devoted to them.
"He enjoyed life and travelling and had a huge amount of friends and family on both sides of the Atlantic."
Ms Lynch said she was keen to get to the US to repatriate her brother's remains and bring her niece and nephew home as soon as possible.
"I am just trying to arrange to bring my brother's body back and his children to Ireland," she said.
"I am their guardian and all I want to do is get them back here with my brother."
No arrests have been made in relation to Mr Corbett's death, but detectives in North Carolina said they are following a definite line of inquiry.
"We are currently still investigating and waiting for autopsy results," Sheriff David Grice said in a statement.