The family of April Jace, slain wife of actor Michael Jace, is trying to raise money to cover funeral cost and help care for her three sons, ages 5, 8 and 18. April Jace died in her Hyde Park home from multiple gunshot wounds on Monday.
“The Shield” actor Michael Jace was charged in regards to his wife’s murder. Jace made his first court appearance on Thursday and his arraignment was continued until June 18. Bail is set at $2 million. The couple, who married in 2003, were said to have been going through financial difficulty. The actor filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in March 2011 citing $500,000 in debts and an annual income of about $80,000, residuals from his work in TV and film.
On Thursday, April’s family created an account on the fundraising website GoFundMe with the following caption:
“As most of you know, our family is grieving the sudden and tragic loss of our dear April Jace. April was a vibrant, beautiful woman and an incredibly dedicated mother. We will all miss her contagious laughter, vivacious personality and her radiant smile. She leaves behind 3 sons (5, 8, and 18-years old). She loved them with a fierce love.
“Please consider making a donation in honor of April. Every dollar helps and will enable us to honor this incredible woman and care for her children with the excellence she would have wanted. We covet every prayer you pray and ask that you continue to stand by us in prayer, especially prayer for her beautiful sons. Thank you for your prayers and support.”
Michael Jace played a cop in the TV series “The Shield” and has appeared in several television shows including: “Southland,” “Burn Notice,” “The Mentalist,” “NYPD Blue,” and starred in the lead role in the 1996 TV movie, “ Michael Jordan: An American Hero.” His film credits include “State of Play” with Russell Crowe and “Forrest Gump” with Tom Hanks.
April Jace had employed as a financial counselor at Biola University, private school in La Mirada, California. Biola’s President Barry Corey released the following written statement:
“April’s radiant personality brought great energy to the financial aid office,” financial aid director Geoff Marsh said. “Her love for helping students and families and her great work ethic earned the respect and love of her coworkers. Her smiling face and helpful spirit will be missed by all.