Friends and family lined the street of Southern Parkway West in Bradenton this morning, many thinking the same thought.
"I don't know why someone [would] do that," said a woman going by the name of Tasha.
Bradenton police showed up to the house around 4 a.m. because an alarm had been triggered. When they got there, they found glass on the front door shattered.
Inside, they found the body of 29-year-old Kantral Brooks near the door. Down a hallway, they discovered his girlfriend, Ester Deneus.
Then they found five children -- none hurt, but all scared.
"We got to this call several minutes after it came out. Officers patrol this area frequently. This area is not known for violent crimes," said Lt. James Racky with the Bradenton Police Department.
Brooks' family broke down as investigators combed the home. His mother collapsed outside and officers took her in their arms.
Police say three masked people entered the home; some of the children saw them.
"What they did inside there shouldn't be happening to anybody. We will do our best to get justice for the families," continued Lt. Racky.
Brooks' sister, Shemeka Waters, said the family had just moved in about six months ago. Their kids, ranging from age 1 to 11, were their life.
"They don't know what's going on. They are still in shock," said Waters.
Now their family is trying to muster the strength to fill an irreplaceable void.
"He was a loving person, good person, everybody knows him. We grew up together in the same neighborhood. He was good people, he wasn't a bad person," Waters added.