Tyler Perry has pledged his support as police search for the gunman who killed Jackie Avant, wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant.
Jackie was fatally shot during a break-in at her home Wednesday at 2:23 a.m., as previously reported.
The house is located in the 1100 block of Maytor Place, in the wealthy Trousdale Estates community of Beverly Hills. Paramedics transported Jackie to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the 81-year-old was pronounced dead, authorities said.
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Tyler Perry is friends with the Avant family. He posted a tribute to Jackie on Instagram Wednesday, and said “every available resource” will be used to find Jackie’s killer.
“My heart breaks for Clarence and Nicole and all the Avant family. This world can be so cruel and cold!! I have no idea what kind of sub-human could shoot an 81 year old woman, and in her own home,” Perry wrote in the caption and uploaded photos of the Avants with their children as well as a photo of the couple in happier times.
“But you can rest assured that every available resource will be used to find whoever is responsible for this awful nightmare. This is tremendously sad,” the director continued.
Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook spoke about the shooting during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
“I don’t think it was a random attack,” he said. “I can’t speculate on that right now.”
Stainbrook also discussed the couple’s contributions to both the music world and their local communities.
“The Avant family’s contributions to the world of entertainment, and the communities across Los Angeles are unmatched,” he said. “There are no words to express our profound sorrow for this immense loss for Jacqueline’s husband, Clarence, their children and the entire Avant family.”
Jackie Avant was on the board of directors for UCLA’s International Student Center.
Her daughter, Nicole Avant, served as U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas during President Barack Obama’s administration, and is the wife of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
The tragedy comes as the Los Angeles area faces a jump in violent home invasions and robberies, as well as smash-and-grab robberies at high-end luxury boutiques.