ELLIS COUNTY It was a triple murder that shocked a small Ellis County town.

On Saturday, family and friends mourned the loss of a mother and her two sons 58-year-old Gladys Goff, 27-year-old Erick and 28-year-old Ray.

Police said they were slain by 27-year-old Roberto Costilla inside the family's home in Bardwell after a birthday party.

Despite the tragic end to their lives, relative Jimmie Lee Carter urged family and friends to show mercy toward the alleged killer.

'Love and forgiveness... no matter what the situation is, no matter how bad it is... learn to love and forgive at all times,' Carter said.

Family members have said that Costillo was dating one of the Goff's relatives and became enraged when he was asked to leave the birthday party.

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