LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A 36-year-old father is recovering from surgery at University Hospital.
John Devine's former girlfriend and two young sons were shot to death in Pleasure Ridge Park. The victims' family says it was a violent on-and-off relationship.
"She wrote poetry, she loved kids and life. She was my only sister," Sade's sister, Omega Goldsmith, said.
The last time Goldsmith saw her younger sister, Sade and her nephews, it was Easter. A turbulent and abusive relationship, their family blames Sade's former boyfriend, John Devine, for their deaths.
Goldsmith said, "I think honestly I think he's responsible for it."
Police have evidence that someone broke into Sade's back door in Pleasure Ridge Park around 6 Sunday morning.
At some point a panic alarm went off, a home security system at the 6100 block of Maravian Drive.
Sade Goldsmith, 26, and her sons, six-year-old John Devine Jr. and five-year-old Jon'tee Devine were shot to death.
“You had two little children who were very innocent in this situation that lost their lives, and who knows what they could have grown up to be,” said Lt. Barry Wilkerson.
A licensed practical nurse who helped children with disabilities, her sister says Sade was starting a new life. The mother and two boys moved from Louisville to PRP just two weeks ago. Her family says she had not been in a relationship with Devine for a while.
“I think she leaned to my mother and other family members for support, but she was just a strong, determined female. I think she just thought she could carry more on her shoulders than she could,” said Omega Goldsmith.
WHAS11 News asked homicide detectives if Devine is a person of interest in this case.
"We definitely want to make sure we interview everyone before coming to a final judgment and giving details about the case," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson with the LMPD Homicide Unit.
Devine's arrest record includes an assault/domestic violence charge in 2004 and 2005. Police say he hit Sade over the head.
He had an outstanding warrant in Clark County two years ago.
In 2011, a different woman filed an emergency protective order against Devine.
However there was no current EPO in Sade's case; a tragedy for her family.
"My sister when she walked in the room her face would light up the room. A good heart, a good heart," said Goldsmith.
Police say they consider PRP safe and are not looking for suspects in that area.
Loved ones now face the difficult task of burying a mother and her sons, but family members say they want to make sure they are not silenced.
“For me it's to say that she does have a voice. She does have a family,” said Omega Goldsmith.