Police share details of Beverly Hills home invasion, murder of Jacqueline Avant

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FILE - Jacqueline and Clarence Avant attend the NMAAM 2016 Black Music Honors on Aug. 18, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo credit Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music

BEVERLY HILLS (KNX) — There are few details surrounding the Beverly Hills murder of Jacqueline Avant, who was shot and killed Wednesday morning during an early-morning home invasion in the 100 block of Maytor Place.

“The entire Avant family thanks everyone for the outpouring of love, support and condolences,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said during a 2:15 p.m. press conference, adding that Avant was a 55-year-resident of Beverly Hills.

Avant was killed during an attempted robbery at her home around 2:30 a.m. in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood. Her husband and a security guard were also home at the time of the attempted robbery, but were not injured.

Detectives remained on scene processing forensic evidence 12 hours after the crime, according to Stainbrook. At this time he said there are no suspect descriptions but police will soon look into available surveillance footage to see if anything was caught on camera.

It is still unclear what the motive for the invasion was and whether or not Avant or her husband knew the intruder or intruders, Stainbrook said.

Avant, 81, was the wife of Clarence Avant, a veteran L.A. music executive who was recently honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was the subject of the 2019 Netflix documentary The Black Godfather. 

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Congress member Karen Bass said she was heartbroken to hear of Avant's murder.

"Mrs. Avant was a force of compassion and empowerment locally and nationally for decades, as well as a model or service and giving back to those who needed it most," Bass said. "Those responsible must be held fully accountable."

Avant is survived by her husband and their daughter, Nicole Avant — who is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

Anyone with information about the suspects involved in the home invasion is asked to call the Beverly Hills Police Department at 310-288-2656.

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