Hundreds of mourners are expected to turn out today to pay their last respects to murder victim Geoff Kerr.
A funeral service for the 60-year-old father-of-four gunned down on his doorstep, is due to take place at Templepatrick Presbyterian Church at 1pm.
It is thought Reverend Richard Kerr will lead the service, and will pay tribute to the fun loving family man, described by his devastated wife Sally as her “rock”.
Mr Kerr, a financial advisor and member of the Ulster Unionist Party, was shot dead in front of his wife and eldest son, Richard, on Monday after two men posing as Chinese take-away delivery men forced their way into his home just after 10pm
He was hit in the chest as he struggled with the gunmen and died from his injuries at the scene.
It is understood Mr Kerr had been battling cancer at the time of his death.
The family moved to Templepatrick just over a year ago, having lived and worked in Ballymena for many years.
At a press conference earlier this week Mrs Kerr fought back tears as she told reporters how her husband was a “good man” who did not deserve to die in such a brutal manner.
“I am just here on Geoff’s behalf to let you know that my husband was just the best, just the best person I could ever have hoped to have had as my partner in life,” she said. She added: “My sons and I are going through the worst possible experience that anyone could ever have. Without them I don’t think I could get through it.
“But the best thing my husband ever gave me was our four sons and I am very proud of all of them. I am very proud of Geoff and what he achieved in his life.
“For his sake, I just want these people to be found and for some sort of justice for him.”
Meanwhile, detectives investigating the brutal killing have said their main line of inquiry is that Mr Kerr was murdered during a botched robbery.