HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A mother and her two children were found dead inside their home Monday afternoon. Huntsville Police are investigating every detail and they believe it's a murder-suicide situation.
Tuesday, friends and family try to gather themselves to understand the reality. Outside the home on Crestfield Drive, you will find a growing memorial with candles and flowers dedicated to 35-year-old Connie Foster and her children.
There are heartfelt notes to 10-year-old Layla House, and her baby brother 8-year-old David House.
"I didn't want to believe it," expressed Connie’s close friend, Tabitha Roberts.
"There's no way that this could happen," said another friend, Allison Ledbetter.
Connie Foster and Allison Ledbetter were lifelong friends. Ledbetter’s best friend, and her children, are now gone in a way no one can prepare for.
"The kids were just so free spirited, they would laugh all the time and I don't think I ever saw them upset at all," said Ledbetter.
Friend Tabitha Roberts placed flowers on the memorial. She says her friend Connie was the same way, happy and always putting others' needs before her own.
"She just had that attitude that you would want to be around more than anybody,” shared Roberts.
Friends say they never would have suspected something was wrong with this picture-perfect family.
Connie was recently remarried, but they thought everything was going well in her life.
"Remember Connie and the kids as the free spirits they were and for the love that they shared for everybody they came in contact with," said Roberts.
Investigators report there were no signs of visible wounds at the scene, much like Connie’s friends say about her; they couldn't tell anything was wrong.
"I want them to see their strength but I also want them to realize you have to look deeper into people than what you truly see on the outside," said Roberts.
Huntsville police are investigating the case. Currently they are awaiting toxicology reports to determine the cause of death for Connie, Layla and David.