The murder of Jacqueline Avant: What we know

Beverly Hills Police said they are still trying to hold together The horrific murder of Jacqueline Avant – Prominent Los Angeles philanthropist and 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 found Jacqueline Avant, 81, wounded. She was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital, where she later died.

Police tape surrounded the area near Avants' Beverly Hills home

Police tape encircles the area near the Beverly Hills home of music producer Clarence and Jacqueline Avant.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

the crime

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 that was 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.

Security guards patrol behind the police bar installed at the intersection of Maytor Place and Barrie Drive

Security guards patrol behind the police bar installed at the intersection of Maytor Place and Barrie Drive.

(Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press)

What then

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.

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