The heartbroken sister of Jason Corbett, who died in the US last week, has said he wanted his children to return home to Ireland should anything happen to him.
Mr Corbett (39) was found with fatal head injuries in his home in Panther Creek Court in North Carolina.
He lived there with his second wife and his two children Jack (10) and Sarah (8) from his first marriage.
His first wife Mags died in 2006 from an asthma attack.
Police have said they are following a definitive line of inquiry in relation to the incident.
A custody hearing will take place in the US on Friday to decide where the children should stay.
Speaking from North Carolina, his sister Tracey Lynch said that he left written instructions requesting his children return to Ireland in the event of his death.
“It’s what Jason wanted. Jason left instructions that my husband and would be the guardians of Jack and Sarah.
Both of his children carry Irish passports and are in the US on Mr Corbett’s visa, Ms Lynch said.
However she said that she expects obstacles to be put in the way of returning the children to Ireland.
“We’re just getting our head around the court papers here, and getting advice from the lawyers.
“I have confidence in the system here, that they will allow Jack and Sarah to come home, they’re Irish citizens, they’re on their dad’s work visa, they’ve no relatives in America.
“All of Jason’s family and friends, the children’s biological grandparents, both sets, are in Ireland waiting for us to come home with Jack and Sarah.
She said she wanted her brother’s life to be recognised.
“Jason lived, he was a man who loved his children, he loved me. He loved his family and friends. He wanted to come home. We’re just here trying to give Jason a voice. I know what his wishes were.
“I’m heartbroken, and I want to go home and be allowed to grieve the loss of one of the most important people in my world with my family.”