Stephen Bradley Killed Ex-Girlfriend at Pompano Walmart, Then Himself, Police Say

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Kaehler, in an undated Facebook photo
Police say 27-year-old Stephen Bradley was in a relationship with 35-year-old Melissa Kaehler of Fort Lauderdale. Then they broke up. Then he killed her.

The Broward Sheriff's Office just released the names of the people involved after finding their bodies Saturday morning -- police received two calls around 10 a.m. for two separate bodies.

Kaehler was found dead of a gunshot wound in a car in a Pompano Beach Walmart. Bradley's body was pulled out of a canal along Twin Lakes Drive in Coral Springs around the same time, also dead of a gunshot.

Police discovered a suicide note "detailing what he had done" on land near where Bradley was found, according to BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion.

Broward County court records don't show any history of violence with Bradley, though he was charged with possession of marijuana in 2009 and posted bail for Kaehler when she was charged with the same in 2010.

Note: This post originally featured a mugshot of Kaehler from a 2010 arrest; it was replaced with the photo above.

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Melfred1978
Melfred1978

My children and I loved her and I watch my oldest cry and not understand why he will never get to see her again.

Melfred1978
Melfred1978

MELFRED1978 isn't how I wanted to be known. Melissa and anyone who reads my words should know my real name... Melinda .. I miss Melissa dearly. I spoke to her on Thursday before this happened. Life is short and unpredictable. Her past mistakes are just that mistakes! She was a loyal friendly woman. Every negative comment is just disrespectful! Please stop! If you didn't know her then keep your. unwanted and hurtful comments to yourself! She was a human being. Let the ones that cared for her express and show their love without having to see and read your ignorant comments .

Melfred1978
Melfred1978

I search each day for updates. I'm probably driving myself mad with it. I still haven't excepted she's gone. I wonder if she felt pain and how long my friend was there before found. Could a moment made a difference. I can't sleep or eat. I want answers. Maybe details would sicken me more but I my mind n heart needs to know. God says not to wish bad on another person but what he did to my friend makes forgiveness impossible. No man deserves compassion if they were soo evil. I just pray that she's happier n that god punishes him for taking such a young women before her time. She wanted to be a mother and experience true love. This happening has made me more aware of life n its precious value.I LOVE YOU MELISSA ALWAYS. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!

Chad Beutler
Chad Beutler

Melissa was always positive and concerned about the well being of others. Yes, she may have had a past, however she didn't allow her future attitude to be dictated by that. I will always remember her in every training class I did, so feverishly concerned about how well she would implement the new knowledge. She had such class and diginity which was overshadowed by her integrity to do right by her students at Kaplan. Melissa, I'm deeply saddened and still in disbelief that you had to go so early. I pray for your memory to be cherished.

Justin Russell
Justin Russell

Melissa was always such a wonderful person.  She was my first real girlfriend and will always be my first true love.  I feel blessed to have been a part of her life and to have her in mine.  My heart goes out to all the people who's lives she touched.  We are all better people because of her.

Murphy's Law
Murphy's Law

Melissa had a work ethic that was unmatched.  She truly was dedicated to changing the lives of the students she interacted with.  I did not know her well but I know that she was a great person that loved children and at the end of the day had a great heart.  I pray that she is at peace and send my condolences to her family...

Zach Jamieson
Zach Jamieson

It goes without saying that this is an awful situation. She will be missed dearly. What's most important is this loss, but does anyone find it at all disconcerting that the writer of this slipshod article had to mention the arrests for marijuana? Talk about adding insult to injury. I don't think it was necessary, nor is it applicable information to the story. Any good editor would have caught this, sloppy work to put it nicely. Melissa you will be missed, and I am sorry that anyone would be so low as to tarnish your beautiful memory with an article such as this.

Zach Jamieson
Zach Jamieson

It goes without saying that this is an awful situation. She will be missed dearly. What's most important is this loss, but does anyone find it at all disconcerting that the writer of this slipshod article had to mention the arrests for marijuana? Talk about adding insult to injury. I don't think it was necessary, nor is it applicable information to the story. Any good editor would have caught this, sloppy work to put it nicely. Melissa you will be missed, and I am sorry that anyone would be so low as to tarnish your beautiful memory with an article such as this.

mega
mega

My condolence's goes out to her family. Melissa was kind, easy going and had great work ethics. Melissa will be missed!! P.S Please keep your negative comments to yourself, she is gone, let her go in peace.

LeVar Howard
LeVar Howard

Melissa my dear, I was awestruck to hear this sad news... You will truly be missed !! I will cherish the memories and moments we had. May you rest in peace and my prayers go out to the family. Stay strong and keep your faith, God bless. 

Michelle
Michelle

I know Melissa personally, she was a beautiful spirit, she was a strong individual because although she was going through a lot she still put a smile on her face. RIP Melissa you are gone but i will not forget you.

auntieannie
auntieannie

So very sad. Tragedy seems to follow when you abandon God and pursue drugs.Pray for them and their families.

Joanne
Joanne

My prayers and thoughts go out to Melissa's family - she was such a ray of sunshine and so sweet. I only imagine her smiling that pretty smile with those pretty blue eyes from heaven on us because it makes it easier to deal with her death... 

Rebeccaharnish
Rebeccaharnish

melissa i remember all the crazy times you and nicole had. R.I.P. sweet one!!!!                             Billy & Becky Harnish

Melfred1978
Melfred1978

Melissa will be remembered and loved by my children and myself. I knew he was no good and I wish I could have saved you my friend. We had soo much in common even though we were soo different. I still can't believe your gone from this earth but you will never be gone from my heart and mind. I know I bow have a special angel watching over me. Until we meet again my friend. I love you!!

Angelene Frederick
Angelene Frederick

 Sorry for the lost of you life to ignorance, once again. Men, if you break up with one woman, there are plenty of other out there. Why take a life and your own. Take your own, if  you must, but leave the women to live!

This is happening too much. This is where the stand your ground law would be very appropriate. Too bad she wasn't packing a 9mm.

NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER
NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER

MELISSA  IF STAIRS WERE MADE FROM HEARTACHES AND LONELY TEARDROPS TOO THEN THERE WOULD BE A STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN SO I COULD CLIMB TO VISIT YOU  REST IN PEACE KAEHLER XXXOOO

Animalkeeper
Animalkeeper

    Melissa you will bemissed, a member of the Kaplan family has been taken from us,   What moves through us is a silence, a quietsadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more smile, we may notunderstand why this Crime..  This Tragedy.. Hasbefallen such a beautify young lady. Her life was taken too soon. Let’s notforget her smile and remember her fondly in our prayer. God Bless you Melissa.RIP To ALL the   family andfriends.. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.

  

NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER
NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER

OMG I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS MELISSA WE HAD A SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP AND IM SO GLAD TO HAVE ALL THOSE MEMORIES WITH YOU, YOU WERE SUCH A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON ME DURING MY CRAZY YEARS I JUST WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN YOU AND HUG YOU TO LET YOU KNOW JUST HOW WONDERFUL YOU WERE WOW WRITING WERE JUST DOESNT SEEM RIGHT I WANTED YOU TO COME HOME SOO BAD AND MEET MY SON I HAVE TOLD HIM STORIES ABOUT THINGS WE DID OVER THE YEARS I AM TRYING TO FIND HER SISTER OR MOTHER TO FIND OUT WERE THE CEREMONY IS GOING TO BE SO IF ANYONE KNOWS PLEASE RESPOND.  I WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER LOVE YOU KAEHLER UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN  YOU AT LEAST CAN HAVE PEACE NOW WISH YOU HAD IT HERE WITH US THOUGH YOU DEFIANTLY DESERVED IT MELISSA .  LOTS OF LOVE,  NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER

Msaf82
Msaf82

I'm sadden to read this and can't believe that she is gone. She will be missed. R.I.P Melissa Kaehler. 

Kerryann
Kerryann

 ~~~Melissa may your soul rest in peace and you will be missed tremendously. You where a great asset to KAT 63, KAT 55 and **KU Warriors** and I still can't believe that you are gone. Thank you for confiding in me and staying strong till the very end. Even though you are gone too soon, I know that you are now a guardian angel shining down and protecting the ones closest to you. Good bye for now Melissa until we meet again R.I.P my dear. Love Always Kerryann Ivey~~~

Mhawk916
Mhawk916

SUCH A GREAT PERSON, TOTALY DIRESPECTFUL AND INCONSIDERATE TO USE A MUGSHOT FOR SOMEONE WHO IS THE VICTIM OF A HORRIFIC CRIME, GOD BLESS MELISSA AND HER FAMILY, friends

Richard Decof
Richard Decof

Melissa will be missed by all of us at Kaplan University Admissions. She had a strong work ethic and her personality added a unique element to our team of advisors.

NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER
NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER

I AGREE ALTHOUGH THIS WAS THE SAME ARTICLE THAT HAD HER MUG SHOT UP AS A PICTURE AS WELL POOR POOR TASTE NOTHING COULD TARNISH MELISSA OR HER NAME ANYONE THAT KNEW HER BEST WOULD AGREE SHE WAS ONE OF A KIND I WILL CHERISH EVERY MEMORY WE SHARED THERES MANY YEARS OF THEM WISH THERE WERE MANY MORE WE WILL MEET AGAIN SOMEDAY I HOPE 

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

First off, I'm genuinely sorry you lost your friend. But my work is sloppy because she was arrested on drug charges?

If someone bails a person out of jail and then kills them, that's absolutely, undoubtedly an applicable part of the story. On what criteria are you judging the work of my editors? I may have missed the meeting where "leaving things out because Zach is sad" was discussed.

I know you're upset, but it's not my job to preserve anybody's memory.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Zach;

Funny you should say that. 

Rich's pen name, when he writes for the Oprah magazine, is "Slipshod McGraw".

Tonyr669
Tonyr669

What a terrible thing today, you suck auntieAnnie.

Clayton C
Clayton C

Auntie Annie,

It’seasy to pass judgment and hide behind an anonymous profile online.  However, this is neither the time nor theplace for your self-righteousness.  I amnot sure if you knew Melissa or not, but please keep your negative comments toyourself.  

In Luke 18, Jesus gives theparable of the self-righteous Pharisee and the humble tax collector.  “Twomen went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a taxcollector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: ‘God,I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, oreven like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I givetithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standingfar off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast,saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, thisman went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone whoexalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will beexalted.”

We are here toremember the many positive and wonderful things about Melissa.  She was a good person, a good team mate andwill be missed by many. 

RIP Melissa    

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

"Abandon God, get shot." Doesn't sound like somebody I'd want to sing about on Sundays.

Michelle
Michelle

This statement is ridiculous, whether she was on drugs or not she would still have been shot. How does that play a part in her death. I don't like Bible thumping hypocrites like you auntie annie. There is no love or compassion in your heart for no one. Not even in death. That's sad.

Richard decof
Richard decof

How self-righteous to turn the tragic death of my friend into a sermon about your values. 

Kerryann
Kerryann

Auntieannie we want to keep our comments to Melissa as positive as possible so The "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone" Thank you and have a great day.

Debralynne45
Debralynne45

It was her facebook profile picture, so she must have approve it.  Was it a mug shot?  Im not sure it was.  But that is not important.  I found out on Sunday, 4 hours after this happened and I have known her for 14 years, since Maine.  I am still in shock.  She worked for me and was a very hard worker while she was going to college.  One of my best salesperson.  She will be missed by lots.

Kerryann
Kerryann

I agree very disrespectful to use a mugshot....

NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER
NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER

HI THERE RICH MELISSA WAS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS AND TO SEE THIS MEMORIAL TURN INTO THIS IS DISTASTEFUL HIM BAILING HER OUT OF JAIL AWHILE AGO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM KILLING HER A FEW DAYS AGO THE STORY WAS ABOUT HER BEING KILLED BY HER EX NOT HER GETTING CHARGED WITH POT IF YOU CANT SEE WERE THIS WAS UNNECESSARY THEN SHAME ON YOU  AS FOR YOU SAYING THAT YOU ARE GENUINELY SORRY WE LOST A FRIEND IN ONE SENTENCE THEN BEING VERY HURTFUL BY SAYING "I MAY HAVE MISSED THE MEETING WHERE LEAVING THINGS OUT BECAUSE ZACH IS SAD  COME ON HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT KARMA IS A BITCH  PLEASE STOP WITH THE HEARTLESS COMMENTS  AS FOR YOUR JOB IT IS TO TELL THE STORY THAT IS AT HAND THEN NOT LONG AGO

GORDON
GORDON

 Melissa, I will miss you. TOOL will miss you. Now as for Rich and Chaz you guys sound like a nice couple.  R.I.P Melissa

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Also, you have been late-filing your TPS reports.

Kindly turn in your Red Swingline when you leave work today.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

BTW Richard, I was 2010 NT Activist of the Year.

This is my home turf...  If anything, you're intruding.

John Doe
John Doe

 It's sad, living around Bangor Maine is actually more dangerous than the area in Florida she was in, but she lost her life down there.  RIP

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

I see where you're coming from, @79e6c8127576079c01423a892a4e7c0e:disqus and @yahoo-IX4NSHDJ2QTSE6IUEVVK57MXVA:disqus . I managed to find another photo and it's been changed.

NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER
NICOLE PACIFICI, SPENCER

NOT TO CONCERNED WITH MY PUNCTUATION AT THIS TIME  IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU HAVE NO HEART AND ARE VERY IMMATURE 

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

I think it's pretty clear you have no idea what my job is. And you might want to have your "shift" and "period" keys looked at; they're both on the fritz.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Richard.

I think there's a typo in your name.

Shouldn't it be Richard Decaf?

Richard decof
Richard decof

Chaz, If you didn't know Melissa, get out of this memorial to her. Your sarcasm is misplaced and unwelcome. Maybe you could find a job or get a hobby?

Robin R
Robin R

way to Rich, much better picture she looks wonderful

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