KITV4: Memorial planned for Makaha mother beaten to death: Monday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

By Sunshine Kuhia Smith, KITV4, 23 Apr. 2022

38-year-old Michelle McPeek leaves behind seven children. -Maile Shimabukuro

A memorial is planned for a 38-year-old Makaha mother who was beaten to death by her 19-year-old son.

Michelle McPeek’s neighbors, family, friends and community leaders are planning a sunset vigil near where the woman died on Monday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Family, friends and neighbors visit Michelle McPeek’s roadside memorial. -Maile Shimabukuro

The woman described as humble and loving will be remembered through a prayer service, music and shared memories from those who knew her.

“She always was so friendly, always loving other people. Always wanting to have smiles on her face and making her kids happy. That’s the way she would want to be remembered,” Kuulei Lincoln, Michelle’s best friend of 15 years, told KITV4.

Family and friends are mourning over the loss of 38-year-old Michelle McPeek, a Makaha mother who leaves behind seven young children. -Maile Shimabukuro

Michelle’s oldest son, Joshua McPeek is charged with second-degree murder in her death.

“She always tried her best to make them happy, or be there for them like a mother would,” Lincoln explained. “She put him in youth challenge to try and help him get him on track. He graduated from youth challenge. And then, this is what happens…it’s just heart wrenching and it’s so heartbreaking.”

Michelle McPeek is described as a humble and loving mother and friend. -Maile Shimabukuro

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Representative Cedric Gates and Honolulu Police officers are expected to attend the vigil in support of their community.

The vigil will be located at the second entrance to Upena Street.


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