Relatives say an intoxicated Curtis Adams created chaos on Christmas Eve two years in a row.
"He would get drunk, so drunk, you couldn't tell him nothing," Ernest Wilson says. "All he wanted to do was fight."
But this family will never fully recover from what police say Adams did Christmas Eve 2012.
"I'm just numb. I'm really numb," says Patricia Wilson who lost a daughter and granddaughter. "There's just no words. Take my baby's away and the way they were taken."
According to court documents, Adams shot his estranged girlfriend, 35-year-old Latasha Jones and her 13-year-old daughter, Jakayla, while the couple's 7-year-old son, Chance Adams, looked on.
"He told me that my daddy went upstairs, he shot Jakayla, he came downstairs, did something to my mama and we left," says Jones' father Ernest Wilson.
"I don't know how a father could do that in front of his son," says Alicia Jarmon, Jones' sister.
After the killings, court documents state Adams went to his uncle's house and told him, "I can't take it back, I can't undo what has been done it is finished."
"I was surprised he left the house, locked the door, locked the gate," Jarmon says. "I'm dumbfounded at that. I couldn't believe he did that."
Adams lengthy criminal history includes a sexual abuse of a child charge he received earlier this year. Jones and her daughter were expected to testify against him during a trial scheduled for Jan. 8.
Adams is now charged with capital murder.
"If I'm not going to be happy, if things don't go right for me, they won't go right for you. That's exactly what I think he felt," Jarmon says.