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MTV music coordinator fatally shot in head outside home; police seek suspect

May 9, 2011 |  7:09 am

Neighbors on a quiet Mid-Wilshire street expressed shock early Sunday over the shooting death of Gabriel Aron Benmeir, who worked for MTV.

A man walking his dog at about 6:30 a.m. found the body of Benmeir, 30, on the sidewalk on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Renee McAlonis said.

Neighbors questioned by police reported hearing a gunshot at about 1 a.m., and police determined the victim lay on the sidewalk for several hours before being discovered.

Benmeir was a resident of the neighborhood who had parked his car and was walking to his home, McAlonis said. Friends of the victim told KTLA News he was in the music industry and did work for MTV. He is listed as a music coordinator and production coordinator on several MTV shows including "Punk'd" and "Top Pop Group."

Authorities believe other passersby may have seen the body but failed to report it despite a substantial amount of blood at the scene.


MTV 'shocked and saddened' by execution-style slaying of music coordinator

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Here are more data on crime in the area from Crime L.A., the Los Angeles Times' crime database:

Neighborhood rank / Crimes per 10,000 people

Violent crimes: 76/209
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Property crimes: 55/209
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Crime types

Violent crimes (93)
Property crimes (600)