Mother, 2 sons shot to death in PRP


by Johnny Archer

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 10:13 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A woman and her two young sons were found shot to death inside a Pleasure Ridge Park home early Sunday morning.

The woman and her two sons were identified as 26-year-old Sade Goldsmith, six-year-old John Devine, Jr. and five-year-old Jon'tee Devine. The official cause of death will not be released until Monday, when the autopsies are complete.

“It’s mind blowing,” said David McPhail, who lives near the shooting. “[It’s] mind blowing and sad.”

The Crime Scene Unit along with Metro homicide detectives filled the 6100 block of Maravian Drive off the Greenbelt Highway. Caution tape blocked off the home where neighbors say the victims moved in recently.

“They’ve only lived there a couple of weeks as far as I know,” said one neighbor, Tracie Julius. “The people that lived there previously, I know them. I worked with the woman. They’ve been gone probably a year.”

Family says 36-year-old John Devine, who was also shot, is at University Hospital in critical, but stable, condition at this time. According to family, he is the father of the two boys who were shot and killed.

The four people were found shot just before 6 a.m. Sunday in a neighborhood that locals say is generally peaceful.

“It’s quiet around here,” said McPhail. “Nothing goes on. Nothing happens.

McPhail says he saw the two boys playing just a few days ago.

“My cousin had told me what happened and I was shocked because I saw them playing outside the day before yesterday,” said McPhail. “And now they’re gone. It’s crazy."

Police are not commenting on a possible motive and are not ruling out any possibilities. They say they are not looking for any suspects.