Slaying of MTV music coordinator 'wide open'; police seek motive
Two days after an MTV music coordinator was shot execution-style outside his mid-Wilshire apartment, police detectives said the case remains "wide open," officials said.
LAPD sources told The Times that detectives are working around the clock on the slaying but do not have a motive or any potential suspects. One of the challenges is that that the victim's body was found on the sidewalk of a quiet residential area several hours after he was shot early Sunday morning.
Because of the time of the attack, no witnesses have been found, according to the sources. Police are considering a variety of possible scenarios, including a street robbery or an attack by someone he knew.
The killing of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir stunned family members, co-workers at the music network and residents in a neighborhood lined with palm trees and manicured lawns not far from the Miracle Mile.
"We are all in terrible shock, and would appreciate anyone with any information regarding his final hours to come forward," Ben-Meir's sister Alexis said Monday evening in an email.
Ben-Meir had parked his BMW on the street and was just a few steps from his front door when he was shot on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Investigators did not say if he had been robbed.
A neighbor walking his dog about 6:30 a.m. Sunday came across Ben-Meir's body and alerted police. The victim was face down in a pool of blood, law enforcement sources said, and had been shot at least once in the back of the head.
The shooter may have used a shotgun, the sources said. Neighbors interviewed by detectives reported hearing what sounded like a single shot about 1 a.m., but said they did not report it to police.
On Monday afternoon, a bouquet of spring flowers left by a neighbor marked the spot where Ben-Meir was killed.
A Los Angeles native, Ben-Meir came from an entertainment industry family. His father, Nick, is an entertainment accountant, and his sister Alexis manages musicians.
He attended the Seeds laboratory school at UCLA and the Windward School in West Los Angeles for junior and senior high school students, then went on to Kenyon College in Ohio, where he played tennis and graduated with a degree in music and physics, his family said.
Ben-Meir was credited as a musical coordinator or post-production coordinator on several MTV shows, including the "Top Pop Group," which featured amateur bands competing to be crowned America's best pop group.
Ben-Meir's sister described her brother as "one of the kindest and most gentle souls I have and will ever come across."
-- Andrew Blankstein and Gale Holland
Photo: Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir