LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As a family gets ready to bury a daughter and her two young sons, Louisville Metro Police are still trying to piece together what happened.
26-year-old Sadé Goldsmith and her boys were gunned down in their Pleasure Ridge Park home on Maravian Drive Sunday morning.
The children's father John Devine remains at University Hospital after being shot. Police want to talk with him as they continue to investigate what happened.
In the meantime, neighbors want to do anything they can to help the loved ones left behind.
"As it unfolded, it touched a lot of people," said Mylantha Williams, a neighbor and President of the Hunter's Creek Neighborhood Association where Goldsmith lived.
While Goldsmith didn't know many people in her new neighborhood when she died, they are getting to know her story now.
Williams said of the situation, "It affects a lot of people and people I've talked to know somebody who's been through it," she said of domestic violence.
Goldsmith, the mother of John, 6, and JonT, 5, had only been in the home a few weeks, when police were called there by the security system's panic alarm. They found that someone had broken in the back door. Goldsmith and her sons had been shot to death and her former boyfriend and the boy's father John Devine was wounded.
Goldsmith's sister Omega Goldsmith said of the relationship with Devine, "She did the best she could to protect herself and her boys, being a single mother trying to do the right thing."
Although police haven't fingered Devine as the trigger man, Goldsmith's family believes it's him.
Devine has a criminal history of domestic violence.
He was arrested at this apartment on McCawly road a few years ago for assault. Police records show he stuck Goldsmith in the head. And in 2011, another woman took out an Emergency Protection Order on Devine.
Goldsmith's family says the nurse and mom, who had been a caretaker of children with special challenges wanted a new life for herself away from Devine.
"She loved life and she was my only sister," Omega Goldsmith cried, "Women out there that are going through anything domestic, need to go get help somewhere."
Williams says several neighbors have called her wanting to help the family they never knew with funeral expenses.
"We've got to remember to reach out to our neighbors and make sure people have somebody that they can talk to and run to because you never know who's experiencing it," she said.
Williams says a fund is being set up at Chase bank where anyone can help the family with funeral costs.
The account is 3039030860 under the name Sadé Goldsmith.
Also, The Center for Women and Families has a domestic violence Crisis Line that's manned 24 hours a day. That number is 877-803-7577.