Michael Jace’s in-laws are launching a fund to help raise money for her sons.
Her sons–5-year-old Caleb, 8-year-old Nehemiah, and 18-year-old Savoy–were nearby when Michael Jace allegedly shot and killed April Jace last week.
Jace, who is known for his work acting in “The Shield,” was charged with murder in his wife’s death.
Relatives of April organized a GoFundMe.com page to get $20,000 to help with April’s funeral and pay to help care their boys, the NY Daily News reported.
“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,” Chris Henry, a relative of April, wrote on the page.
“Every dollar helps and will enable us to honor this incredible woman and care for her children with the excellence she would have wanted,” he wrote.
More than $13,000 was raised as of Friday.
Jace confessed to the crime, two law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.
“At very least they heard the shots,” LAPD Det. Sal LaBarbera told the LA Times of the children. “It is a terrible tragedy, made all the more worse by their children being there.”
Neighbors said they saw Michael Jace pull into the driveway, walk in, and then the neighbors heard popping sounds.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Michael Jace had financial problems before the incident.
He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in March 2011, and he listed more than $500,000 in liabilities. He had about $325,000 in assets, said the Times, citing federal documents.
But a family friend said that the shooting is unlike the actor.
“They looked like a couple that was in love,” Mark Robles, 42, said on Thursday. “I was shocked (at the news).”
Robles told the Daily News that he trained with Jace and his two boys at his jiu-jitsu academy for a year.
“I had a training session with him a month prior,” Robles added. “He was always very calm in the positions he was put in.”