Priest's 'pain' at brother's murder in Liverpool

Brian Finnigan
Image caption Brian Finnigan was one of thirteen siblings

A priest whose brother was found strangled to death at his Liverpool home has expressed his "horror and pain" at his murder.

Brian Finnigan, 65, a retired teacher, was discovered at the house on Green Lane, Stoneycroft, by police after they were called on 1 September.

Father James Finnigan, a Roman Catholic priest called for "prayers and masses" to be said for his brother.

Merseyside Police have been carrying out house to house enquiries.

Mr Finnigan, who was unmarried and lived alone, was one of thirteen siblings.

Father Finnigan said his brother had been a "wonderful man".

He added: "Prayers and masses for our family and Brian would be deeply appreciated."

A police spokeswoman said: "Mr Finnigan was a very well-respected and private man who was last seen alive at his home on 23 August.

"There was no sign of forced entry at the house and we are very keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious."

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