Sade Goldsmith and her sons (Source: Family photos)
Broken glass at the door used to enter the Goldsmith home (Source: Jefferson Circuit Court Clerks Office)
Gun found in the Goldsmith home (Source: Jefferson Circuit Court Clerks Office)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was a horrible crime: An ex-boyfriend breaks into a home killing a Louisville nurse and her two young boys. Now, as the police evidence is released in court, the family of Sade Goldsmith is speaking out to help other families avoid their tragedy.
Omega Goldsmith said even though time has passed since her only sister and two nephews were murdered, she still catches herself saying,"Did this really happen to us?" She hopes as more people see the police evidence, it will increase awareness about domestic violence.
"It's been rough," said Goldsmith, "we feel like we've been through a nightmare."
Police evidence including 911 calls and video from the July day when Sade and her boys, John, 6, and JonTee, 5, were murdered in their Pleasure Ridge Park home is hard to see and hear.
Sade's family is left only with memories of how she loved being a nurse with sister Omega and how the two loved to dance. Balloons helped the family celebrate what would have been Sade's recent birthday, but every day is still a challenge.
"My mother has a broken heart, I have a broken heart and my children have a broken heart," Goldsmith said, "our family is still like, it never happened."
Investigators say John Devine, Sade's ex-boyfriend, broke into her home killed her, then went upstairs killing his two sons in their beds.
"Unbelievable," Goldsmith said of the crime. "I just couldn't imagine that he could do that to his children who loved him so much."
The alarm company noted it was strange how many alarms were tripping at the home the day of the murders. Police believe Divine's multiple entry attempts show how intent he was on getting in.
"The kitchen windows came in twice," said the alarm company employee of the number of alarm hits. She was talking to the police dispatcher taking the emergency call, "and the dining room windows came in like three times."
Police video shows broken glass and what followed.
"We got two down on the ground," the first officer at the scene told a dispatcher, "apparent gunshot wounds."
"If somebody doesn't stand up and say something who will?" said Goldsmith of domestic violence awareness.
As painful as the evidence is, this sister believes it's a reminder to us all to open our eyes to loved ones, friends and neighbors and speak up.
As for Divine, Goldsmith is vowing to be just as vigilant when it comes to him.
"I don't care if it's the 32nd court date," Omega said, "I want him to see me in that front row and I want him to see what he's done to me and what he's done to my family."
Omega Goldsmith hopes to work with victims of domestic violence.
Divine is charged with three counts of murder and will be back in court March 28. A trial date has not been set.
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