The heartbroken relatives of a mother of three killed on Christmas Day say they are utterly devastated by their loss.
Dyfed Powys Police began a murder investigation on the morning of December 25 after being called to an address in Maes yr Ysgol, Carmarthen.
Detectives renewed an appeal for witnesses as well as confirming the identity of the deceased as being 37-year-old Charmaine MacMuris.
In a statement released via the force's family liaison officers, her family said: "We are heartbroken and devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter.
"Our lives will never, ever be the same again. Charmaine was taken from her children, grandchild and all her family in the most cruel of ways on Christmas Day.
"No family should ever have to face such a tragedy. We would like to thank family, friends, relations and neighbours for their support and kindness during this sad time."
Tributes are also continuing to be paid to Ms MacMuris, whose parents have been reportedly named as John and Christine, online as well as by her shellshocked neighbours.
Scores have also expressed their shock via Facebook on a special page called In Memory of Charmaine MacMuris - which more than 800 have joined so far.
Police are continuing to quiz a 28-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
A spokeswoman said officers were still keen to hear from members of the public who were in the Maes Yr Ysgol area between 5pm on Christmas Eve and 11am on Christmas Day. Anyone able to assist the investigation is asked to contact police via the 101 telephone number.