Former Presbyterian moderator Norman Hamilton told mourners at the funeral of Kyle Neil that his murder “was utterly reprehensible and utterly beyond our ability to understand or take in”.
The 23-year-old’s body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast last weekend.
Mr Neil, a twin and from north Belfast, died after being stabbed after a barbecue in Comber, Co Down on April 11.
The victim’s body was discovered on Sunday April 12 inside the vehicle on Windsor Road, off Belfast’s Lisburn Road.
A man and a woman have since been charged in connection with his murder.
The Very Rev Dr Hamilton, who knows the family from his time as minister of Ballysillan Presbyterian Church and who conducted the funeral service from Mr Neil’s grandmother’s home on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast, told the News Letter he had known “Kyle and his twin brother Irwin since they were born”.
“I was in the Presbyterian church across the road at the time they were born. And when you have known the family over the years it is more difficult.”
Dr Hamilton said it was “a very difficult day for his family and friends” adding it was “a privilege” to be able to assist them.
Hundreds of people from the local community turned out to show their support. Dr Hamilton said the family were “numbed” by what had happened.
Mr Neil was later buried in Antrim cemetery.
Dr Hamilton said Mr Neil had secured a job in the fast food industry which was “particularly important to him” as he had a young daughter.