Vigil to be held for nightclub owner fatally shot in his Rolls-Royce
Family members and community residents are scheduled to hold a vigil Saturday night for a well-known nightclub owner gunned down inside his Rolls-Royce in the driveway of his Baldwin Hills home early Friday.
The vigil will be held at Alonzo Ester's Dynasty Restaurant and Lounge in Inglewood, where someone had affixed a bouquet of sunflowers to the front entrance with a balloon saying "You'll Be Missed."
Police are searching for whoever killed Ester, 67, after he returned home from his nightclub. Investigators said the killer apparently approached the driver's-side door and fired one or two shots about 2:30 a.m. Ester died later at a hospital.
Ester was a gregarious man who liked to entertain guests at his home. His annual birthday party at the Dynasty Restaurant was a "red-carpet affair" that drew hundreds, said Denice Doggans, 56, one of numerous friends who stopped by the house Friday after hearing news of his death.
The club owner was a self-made man who moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Louisiana when he was 18, family members said.
His former wife, Patricia Ester, who had remained close to him, described him as a "people person" and workaholic. "He was friendly, cheerful, but extremely business," she said.
-- Abby Sewell and Richard Winton
Photo: Alonzo Ester
Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5 News