The suffering of Ken Bigley’s mother was described tonight by his cousin.
Ken Jones ,50, said: “The family are suffering. We’re just trying to come to terms with it.
“We were prepared for this last night after the Foreign Office phoned us.
“The family were warned.”
Speaking from the family home in Walton, Liverpool, he added: “Ken’s mum Lily is suffering. We have prepared the family as best we can.
“Lily has not been allowed to watch TV and they will not be seeing the newspapers but at some stage they are going to have to come to terms with what has happened.”
Mr Jones said Ken’s brother Philip has been “turning greyer and greyer by the day”.
Mr Jones said Mr Bigley's son Craig had left his pregnant wife at home in Oxfordshire yesterday to be in Liverpool.
He added: “The whole thing stinks. The people who did this are animals, they are barbaric, worse than animals.”