Family member of PRP shooting victims says she forgives accused killer


by Gene Kang

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 10:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Family members of a mother and her two children shot to death in a Pleasure Ridge Park home earlier this month are speaking out with a strong message for the man accused of killing them.

John Devine remains hospitalized after police said he shot his ex-girlfriend and their two children, then shot himself in the chest. 

Sade Goldsmith's mother spoke out for the first time Wednesday. She said it is a message of forgiveness to Devine. 

"Shay, John and Jon'tee they were just my life," Donna Goldsmith said.

Sade Goldsmith, 5-year-old Jon'tee and 6-year-old John - their new life in PRP abruptly ended by gunfire. A chilling confession, Goldsmith said she knew would happen one day.

"If a person has that much rage in them they don't have God in their hearts. She could have went from here to Miami and he would've come and done it," Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith said she believes the shootings could not have been prevented. She said Devine had a violent past with Sade and was intensely jealous and lonely.

When her daughter moved into the home in PRP, Goldsmith said he was filled with rage.

"He was violent and a heavy drinker and nothing ever made him happy," Goldsmith said.

Earlier this month, Devine broke into Sade's new house, setting off a security alarm. Her mother said Sade carried a knife and mace in her purse.

The boys' bodies were found in an upstairs bedroom. Sade's in the living room. Goldsmith said Devine loved his kids to death but the thought of being apart was too much.

She said she does not hate Devine, rather she forgives, but will never go back to the home where it all happened.

"I just want to hold onto those memories because I know that it's just a house with material things in it," Goldsmith said as she cried.

Once released from the hospital, Devine will be taken to jail. He faces murder charges.