The family of murder victim Sheri Coleman was allowed today to enter her former home in Columbia, which also was the crime scene.

“It was very hard,” said Enrico Mirabelli, Sheri Coleman’s cousin.

Mirabelli declined to discuss specifics of the house because he said it could interfere with the police investigation.

Belleville lawyer Jack Carey, also representing the family, said numerous messages were written on the walls with red spray paint. Some of them included curse words, others were difficult to read. The messages were located in several rooms.

One of the words written said “punished,” according to Carey.

Carey said it looked as if someone was getting ready to move out of the house. No pictures were on the walls, he said.

With a judge’s help, family members of a southwestern Illinois woman found strangled in her home with her two sons have gotten their first look inside the Columbia house. And they say they found it emotionally wrenching.

Relatives of Sheri Coleman haven’t been allowed inside the Monroe County house since she and her boys, ages 11 and 9, were killed there May 5. Her husband is charged in the deaths and is jailed without bond.

Today, a cousin of Sheri Coleman’s, Enrico Mirabelli, was allowed inside the house with Mario Weiss, the slain woman’s brother.

Afterward, Weiss declined to talk to reporters. Mirabelli fought back tears, telling reporters it was difficult and emotional to walk through and see where family lived and died.

Obscene slogans the killer scrawled on the walls in red spray paint remain.