Funeral services for slain Bank of America executive Michelle Avan will take place on Friday, Aug. 27.
Avan’s family will hold a “homegoing celebration” at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, Calif. at 11 a.m., along with a balloon release after the service.
Avan, a 48-year-old senior banking executive, mentor and community activist, was found beaten to death in her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Reseda earlier this month.
Her son discovered the body after relatives were unable to contact the businesswoman and became concerned, ABC7 reported. Homicide detectives with the LAPD said Avan “appeared to have suffered trauma to her face.”
Police arrested her ex-boyfriend Anthony Duwayne Turner, 52, saying he entered Avan’s home and killed her before leaving. Turner worked with Avan at Bank of America, according to published reports.
Turner is facing one felony count of murder and one count of first-degree residential burglary. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
KTLA 5 reported Avan’s children are pushing for District Attorney George Gascón to file a special circumstances murder charge to give Turner a longer sentence if convicted.
“My mom didn’t deserve this, and nobody deserves this. And we want to make sure that if anybody has to go through this, that George Gascón does the right thing and files the murder with special circumstances, giving Anthony Turner life without parole,” Avan’s son told the TV station.