Shorewood Family Mourns Daughter’s Tragic Murder-Suicide on Mother’s Day

Shorewood, IL – A tragic incident unfolded in Shorewood, IL, as a couple’s Mother’s Day celebration turned into a nightmare. Melissa Aud-Headlee, a 35-year-old woman and mother of three, was killed by her estranged husband, Michael “Mikey” Aud-Headlee, 32, in a murder-suicide on Saturday. The couple’s families were left devastated as they grappled with the shocking loss.

Bill and Carol May, the parents of Melissa, recounted the heartbreaking turn of events. Just a day before the tragic incident, they had celebrated Melissa’s 35th birthday joyously. Now, instead of spending Mother’s Day enjoying family time on their pontoon boat as planned, they found themselves watching videos of their daughter, a poignant reminder of her untimely death.

The series of events leading to the tragedy started unfolding on Saturday morning when Joliet police responded to a report of a woman being stabbed on Pandola Avenue. Upon arrival, they found Melissa lying in the street with multiple stab wounds to the chest, and Mikey lying in their driveway with similar injuries. The couple’s 3-year-old child, unharmed but present during the incident, was immediately taken into protective custody.

As the Mays reflected on their daughter’s life, they shared insights into Melissa’s journey of overcoming adversity. Melissa, who had faced struggles with addiction in the past, had managed to turn her life around. However, her relationship with Mikey, whom she married in 2019, was fraught with turmoil, marked by instances of domestic disputes and violence.

Despite Melissa’s efforts to shield her family from the abuse she endured, the Mays revealed that they had noticed signs of trouble between the couple. Melissa’s tragic end at the hands of her estranged husband was a devastating outcome that left her family grappling with the harsh realities of domestic violence.

In the wake of the tragedy, the Mays expressed a desire to raise awareness about domestic violence and advocate for measures to prevent such incidents from recurring. Meanwhile, Joliet police continue their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Melissa and Mikey. The community has rallied together to support Melissa’s children through a GoFundMe fundraiser, offering a glimmer of hope in the midst of tragedy.