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HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – Friends and family continue to mourn the loss of Connie Foster, and her two children Layla and David, who were found dead at their home in South Huntsville Monday night.  Police say based off evidence at the scene, that this was an apparent murder-suicide.

The crime tape from the scene has been removed, but the pain and confusion still remains. “The Connie that I knew, was first and foremost, a loving mother, her children were her absolute first priority. Everything she did, that I ever observed, was done with an eye on her children,” says Aaron Ryan, Connie’s divorce attorney.

Ryan says he got emotional when he heard the news.  “I was in my kitchen and I was talking to my wife whenever I got that text message that linked to the article and I just left and went to my bedroom and then left and came to my office. I didn’t know what else to do,” he says.

Ryan says he never observed any signs of deep sorrow or pain.  ”She was very cheerful, she was a goal oriented individual, I had never had an interaction with her that led me to have concerns for her mental health,” he says.

Connie’s step-daughter, Lilly Foster, sent us this statement: “She was my stepmother and she was so kind and treated me so well when she didn’t have to. It makes me sad that people are going to think she was horrible person but Layla and David were her whole world…I don’t think anyone knew she was fighting these inner battles,” she says.

We may never know everything that happened on Crestfield Drive Monday night, or why, but Ryan hopes this might be a starting point for a much needed conversation.  “Maybe now there is a greater awareness of the internal struggles that people have that we don’t even recognize, particularly those who are having difficulties with their families,” says Ryan.

A candlelight vigil will be held at Mountain Gap Elementary, Thursday at 7:00 pm.  Anyone who knew or loved the family is invited to attend.