29-year-old Aariel Maynor was arrested in connection with the murder of 81-year-old Los Angeles philanthropist Jacqueline Avant. Avant is married to Clarence Alexander Avant, who is an American music executive, entrepreneur, and film producer, who also goes by the name of “The Black Godfather.”
Maynor is suspected of having murdered Avant during a home invasion that, contrary to initial speculation, may have been a targeted attack.
Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook issued a statement saying, “At this time, we’re only looking at him as a suspect, but again, there’s a lot of evidence to go through, so we’re leaving open the possibility there could be other people involved.”
Maynor was arrested on Thursday morning after reportedly shooting himself while trying to burglarize a different home in Los Angeles.
The horrifying home invasion and senseless murder of Jacqueline Avant prompted strong reactions from many different personalities in both Hollywood and the music industry.
Avant’s death also reached the political world. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) took to Twitter to say, “Mrs. Avant was a force of compassion and empowerment locally and nationally for decades, as well as a model of service and giving back to those who needed it most.”