Sadé Goldsmith (pictured) 26, and her two young boys, John Devine, Jr., 6 (pictured left), and Jon ‘Tee Devine, 5 (pictured right), were shot dead Sunday morning by the children’s father, according to WLKY.
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The children’s father John Devine (pictured), 36, reportedly confessed to authorities that he forced his way in to Goldsmith’s home and shot her to death. She was 26. Then he shot his two boys while they were sleeping. Afterward, Devine shot himself in the chest but survived the wound and is recovering at University Hospital in Louisville.
After Devine confessed about the triple murder to police, they charged him with three counts of murder and one of count burglary.
The children were last spotted by neighbors playing outside of their home on Friday, then again on Saturday, when they were reportedly helping their mom wash her car. Goldsmith’s home alarm went off and alerted police who came to investigate and discovered the bodies.
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According to Goldsmith’s sister Omega, the slain woman and her ex had a turbulent relationship. The couple’s on-again, off-again relationship included a history of domestic violence. WLKY stumbled upon five domestic violence arrests involving the children’s father against Goldsmith.
Neighbors say that Goldsmith had recently moved into the area and had not yet established relationships with any of them. Omega adds that her sister’s move to the new subdivision home was supposed to be a fresh start for her and the boys. The sister lamented, “They loved their mama. She loved her boys, and this should make parents hug their children every night.”