Beverly Hills police say they are still trying to piece together the horrific murder of Jacqueline Avant – a prominent Los Angeles philanthropist, political insider and wife of music legend Clarence Avant – at her home in Trousdale Estates.
The authorities have not identified any suspects or provided any motive for the killing.
Here is a breakdown of what we know:
Officers responded to a call to shoot at 1100 Block Maytor Place shortly before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The couple lived in an upscale hillside neighborhood.
They find Jacqueline Avant, 81, injured. She was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital, where she later died.
Police do not believe the attack was indiscriminate, but they have not yet determined whether or not it was a burglary.
“The motives in this case remain unknown and we are investigating all possible motives,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stenbrook said. We wouldn’t speculate on anything out there, including whether or not this was a robbery attempt.
Clarence Avant and the security guard were in the house at the time of the shooting. No one else was hurt, Stenbrook said.
The president said it appears that nothing clear has been taken, but that it will take some time to say for sure.
Law enforcement sources told The Times that at least one intruder entered the home before the shooting. Aerial video of the scene on Wednesday showed a sliding glass door that appeared to be smashed.
Police said the investigation is still in its early stages.
The area has many security cameras, both public and private, that may contain relevant evidence. The mabahith is checking the comprehensive surveillance system in the area, looking for photos and videos of the suspects or their vehicles.
Some community leaders Thursday called on Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills to offer a bounty in the case, hoping investigators would help solve it.