What you should know
- LA philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of legendary music manager Clarence Avant, was shot dead at the couple’s Beverly Hills residence.
- The shooting occurred at the Trousdale Estates residence.
- In the 2019 Netflix documentary The Black Godfather, daughter Nicole Avant credited her mother for helping keep her famous father balanced.
A Los Angeles man was charged Monday on Monday with murder and other charges relating to the shooting of Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music manager Clarence Avant, during a robbery of the couple’s home in Trousdale Estates, Beverly Hills.
Aariel Maynor, 29, is due to be charged Tuesday in the Airport Branch courthouse on Tuesday of murder, attempted murder, and felon in possession of a firearm, as well as two cases of home burglary with someone present, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint also includes an allegation that Maynor used a long barreled assault pistol during the crimes.
Maynor reportedly shot and killed Jacqueline Avant, 81, around 2:25 a.m. at her home on the 1100 block of Maytor Place.
He is also charged with shooting a security guard who was not injured during the robbery, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Maynor was arrested after allegedly accidentally shooting himself while breaking into a house on the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive in Hollywood Hills, about an hour after Avant’s shooting, authorities said.
Los Angeles police responding to the call found Maynor at the scene with a gunshot wound to one foot that appeared to have accidentally self-inflicted, according to Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook.
The chief of police said the Los Angeles police had contacted the Beverly Hills police and the detectives had “collected evidence linking Maynor to the Avant shooting. Stainbrook said Maynor was on parole and had an “extensive” criminal record preventing him from owning a gun.
A teenager’s 911 call from LA about an ongoing break-in helped police locate the shooter who is now accused of killing Jacqueline Avant in Beverly Hills.
According to court records, Maynor pleaded no appeal against domestic violence charges and was given parole in July 2013, but later that year he pleaded no appeal against robbery charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. According to court records, he was also convicted of a serious theft in 2010.
“The evidence so far shows that there was only one suspect involved in the crime and the motive is still under investigation,” said Stainbrook.
A video from the Avant home on Wednesday morning showed a broken sliding glass door indicating a break-in.
“Our focus has now shifted from finding a suspect to an ongoing investigation that will lead to a successful prosecution,” said Stainbrook.
Avant died in a hospital after the gunfire. Clarence Avant, 90, was not injured.
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Clarence Avant is known as the Godfather of Black Music and is regularly hailed by artists such as Jay-Z and Diddy, LA Reid and Babyface. He began as a talent manager in the 1950s, worked for Venture Records in Southern California, and founded Sussex Records, based in LA, and Avant Garde Broadcasting.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.
Jacqueline Avant was president of Neighbors of Watts, a support group focused on childcare. She was also on the board of directors of UCLA’s International Student Center. She was also a board member of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Rachel Fine, Executive Director and CEO of the Annenberg Center, said Avant was “the kindest, most beautiful, humble and generous soul that Valais loved and valued. Both she and her remarkable husband Clarence have been passionate about Valais since his early days, long before our campus was open to the public. ”
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Jacqueline and Clarence Avant have two grown children – Nicole and Alexander. Nicole Avant, a film producer who served as U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas during President Barack Obama’s tenure, is the wife of Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos. She also co-produced the Netflix film “The Black Godfather,” a documentary about her father’s life and career.
Following the announcement of an arrest, the Avant and Sarandos families issued a statement stating: “Our deepest thanks go to the City of Beverly Hills, the BHPD, and all law enforcement agencies for their diligence in this matter.
News of the arrest came just hours after a group of civil rights activists and community officials urged the county council to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the fatal shooting of Jacqueline Avant.
“… This has to stop. This wasn’t just a robbery. This wasn’t just random murder. This was a shot in the hearts of all of us,” said Michael Lawson, CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League. “She was not only gentle and kind, she was a pillar of this family. … That is not only horrific, it is pointless and must not go on like this.”
The shooting “didn’t just affect the Avant family,” Lawson said.
“This affects the entire Los Angeles family, the entertainment scene, the political community. You may not know, but President Obama wouldn’t be there without Clarence Avant. Clarence Avant wouldn’t be there without Jacquie Avant and her children of strength and talent and power of this family are second to none. But her anchor was Jacquie. Her anchor is Jacquie. I will not speak of her in the past tense. “
Operation Hope activist Najee Ali said Avant, along with other wealthy families, residents and businesses, has been targeted by brazen robberies, home robberies and smash-and-grab break-ins in recent weeks. He called Avant’s killing an act of cowardice committed by someone “too lazy to find a job to support themselves”.
The Avant family issued a statement following the shooting stating: “The entire Avant and Sarandos family would like to thank everyone for their love, support and condolences for Jacqueline Avant. Jacqueline was an amazing woman, wife, mother and philanthropist and 55 year old Beverly Hills resident who had an immeasurably positive impact on the art scene. She is missed by her family, friends and all of the people she has helped in her great life. ”
Former President Bill Clinton issued a statement last Wednesday calling Avant “a wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence, and the mother of Alex and Nicole, an active citizen, and a dear friend of Hillary and me for 30 years . Affection in everyone they knew. We are heartbroken. She is very much missed. ”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Jacqueline Avant has been a longtime friend.
“I know we use that term a lot, but she really was an angel in this city of angels,” he said. “She and Clarence, Nicole, her daughter, whom I have known and seen for many years and how her generosity touched and changed lives and even saved the lives of so many people in this city and in this country.”
Beverly Hills City Councilor John Mirisch wrote on Twitter: “The Avant family has been an important part of our bra community for more than half the city. The community is like an extension of the family. While Jacqueline’s horrific murder is the worst nightmare for the Avant family, it’s also a tragedy for our entire community. ”