Jacqueline Avant Killed
The life loss of Jacqueline Avant, the beloved wife of music icon and film producer, Clarence Avant and mother-in-law to Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos. The philanthropist was shot dead in her Beverly Hills mansion on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in her home.
Police found the 81-year-old with a gunshot wound and rushed him to the hospital. According to the Beverly Hills police report, the victim did not make it, and the suspect was no longer on the scene. Apparently, nothing else was stolen in the house, and no one was injured.
In a statement, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said police and paramedics arrived at the home after a 2:30 am call to find the victim wounded. The police chief believes the suspects had a motive behind coming in and that this was not just a random attack.
“Someone went into the home, we don’t know the purpose behind it,” the chief said. “I don’t think it’s a random attack, but I can’t speculate on that.”
A security guard was at home during the incident, but he would not speak about the interaction between the suspect and the victim.
Murder Suspect Arrested
The search ends now. Beverly Hills police have arrested Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles, in connection to the killing of Mrs. Avant. In a brief news statement, the chief announced a few things concerning the case, and many were eager to know.
Maynor used an AR-15 rifle during the burglary and then shot himself in the foot at another home during a second alleged burglary attempt in Hollywood, police said.
Authorities said that multiple surveillance cameras showed the suspect vehicle heading east out of Beverly Hills after the shooting.
Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood division arrived at a home in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive and found a man in the backyard who had a gunshot wound to his foot. Quickly the “astute watch commander” found a connection and alerted Beverly Hills. Since then, he has been in police custody.
Evidence, including the rifle, linked Maynor to both cases based on surveillance. However, the motive behind the shooting remains unclear. Maynor has an extensive criminal record and was out on parole, according to police.
The Loving Memory of Mrs. Avant
In announcing the arrest Thursday, Stainbrook said, “To the Beverly Hills Community, let me reassure you, this is one of the most protected and patrolled cities in the world. Crime of any kind will not be tolerated here.”
Mrs. Avant has impacted the world, and the verdict the police have chosen serves the justice she deserves. Family, friends, and all of the people she has held throughout her extraordinary life will miss a lovely woman.