Murdered John Hall's family in 'living nightmare'
The family of a man found dead in a County Durham village have described his murder as "heartbreaking" and said they were in a "living nightmare".
The body of John Hall, 46, of Shiney Row, Sunderland, was found in West Rainton, on 15 September.
Northumbria Police, investigating with the Durham force, said it was not believed to be a random attack.
Five men, aged between 32 and 38, were arrested on suspicion of murder. Two have since been bailed.
'A gentle man'
Mr Hall's two adult daughters, Bethany and Shelby, said in a statement: "This is a living nightmare for us, it is the hardest and most heartbreaking thing that we will ever have to deal with.
"Death is such a terrible thing but murder is something that we will never be able to accept or come to terms with.
"Inside, our dad was a gentle man and would do anything for anyone. No-one, and certainly not our dad, deserved this.
"He was a loving son, brother, dad, grandad and uncle and a true friend to many. Love you forever dad."