He had been out on bail for drug offences.
One line of police inquiry is that his death may be linked to the trade in drugs in north Belfast.
The body of the father of two young children was found by his mother last night in his Ardoyne home.
She raised the alarm and detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team launched a murder inquiry this morning following an examination of his remains.
He and his family are well known in the area and are said to have lived there all their lives.
The body was found in a house in Glenpark Street shortly before 10.30 pm last night, Thursday, Januaary 7.
The murder victim is believed to have been in his 30s.
He lived in the house with his partner and their two children.
Detectives said a post-mortem examination will take place later today to determine the exact cause of death.
But an initial examination of his remains at the scene said he had been murdered.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: “I would appeal for anyone who was in the area of Glenpark Street on Wednesday, who may have witnessed anything suspicious, to contact us on the 101 number.”
Or alternatively information can be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.