BEDFORD (CBSDFW.COM) –  The family of a mother who was murdered in her own home, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, is speaking out for the first time since the attack.

Roxann Sanchez, 30, and her children, a 12-year-old and and 8-year-old boy, were attacked in their Bedford apartment. All three were stabbed multiple times. Sanchez and her 8-year-old son died from their wounds. The 12-year-old survived the attack and was able to call 911. A third boy, an 8-month-old child of Sanchez and Ricks, was also taken to a hospital, though police said he was uninjured.

“We want to say thank you for all the help and support from everybody,” said Chris Olivo, Sanchez’s only brother.

Donations to the family can be made at American Airlines Federal Credit Union under an account set up for Roxann Sanchez and children.

Olivo says his close-knit family is reeling from the tragedy that left his sister and his nephew dead and another nephew hospitalized.

“I lost my best friend,” he said.

Olivo described his sister as a doting mother, who loved to help people, which she was able to do in her work as a medical assistant.

“No matter how hard of a time Roxann was going through, she always had a smile and helped somebody else,” he said.

He said her children were very much like their mother, always smiling and laughing and jokingly called them “mama’s boys” because Sanchez had a very close relationship with each one.

Sanchez was loved by many and dozens of friends have donated clothing and baby items for Sanchez’s remaining two children.

“She loved her children more than anything and would do anything for them,” said Amanda Gomez, Sanchez’s best friend of 18 years. “You can look into their eyes and see her.”

Family and friends now say their mission is keep Sanchez’s memory alive especially in the minds of her two boys, who will now grow up without a mother.

“We’ll make sure that they always remember her and they’ll know what type of person she was, how  much they were loved by her and that she’s watching over them,” Gomez said. “They will always know their mom.”

Family members declined to discuss the murders and the prime suspect in the case, Cedric Ricks, saying they had concerns over legal issues.

(credit: Tarrant County Sheriff Department)

(credit: Tarrant County Sheriff Department)

Ricks was extradited Friday to Tarrant County jail. He arrived with a black eye and bruises on his body.  Officials at the jail say Ricks was assaulted by other inmates in Oklahoma.

Until Friday afternoon, Ricks was being held in Oklahoma on a $2 million Texas warrant. Now back in North Texas, Ricks has been charged with two counts of Capital Murder, which is punishable by life without parole or the death penalty. He has also been charged with  Serious Bodily Injury to a Child for the attack on the 12-year-old.

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