Police departments across the country are warning against an increase in crime. The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly circulated a notice alerting people of the nefarious activities as videos of home invasions and robberies take over timelines. This week, a woman walking her baby returned home to find thieves waiting on her. She was robbed and threatened while holding her child.

We've continued to report on frightening home invasions, particularly those in Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills. Celebrities are finding themselves victims, some like Pop Smoke mortally wounded, and now it has been reported that 90-year-old music legend Clarence Avant's wife has also been killed.

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Earlier today (December 31), Avant was home with his wife, 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant, at their residence in Beverly Hills when home invaders stormed in. It was approximately 2:30 a.m. when dispatch received the call but by the time police arrived, the thieves were long gone. A security guard was also reportedly at the residence during the incident.

“The Avant family’s contributions to the world of entertainment and to better communities across Los Angeles are unmatched,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said. Avant has been dubbed the "Godfather of Black Music" and his reach expands to working with some of the top tier talents in the industry from Babyface to Louis Armstrong.

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“Jacqueline was an amazing woman, wife, mother, philanthropist, and a 55-year resident of Beverly Hills who has made an immeasurable, positive contribution and impact on the arts community. She will be missed by her family, friends, and all of the people she has helped throughout her amazing life,” reads a statement from the family.

The Avants were married for 54 years. We offer our condolences to the Avants and their loved ones through this awful tragedy. Police haven't yet released information regarding the suspects.



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