A man has been arrested in the killing of his coworker, a bank executive, in Reseda earlier this week, officials said.
The incident was reported about 7 a.m. Thursday in the 19300 block of Covello Street. Family members became concerned when they couldn’t contact 48-year-old Michelle Avan, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
A family member discovered Avan’s body and notified police.
Officers found Avan unresponsive and she was declared dead at the scene.
Though it isn’t clear how she died, she appeared to have suffered trauma to her face, police said. Family members who did not want to go on camera told KTLA that Avan was a mother of two and a grandmother.
Later that afternoon, 52-year-old Anthony Duwayne Turner was arrested near the 8800 block of Airline Avenue in Westchester. He was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on $2 million bail, police said.
The Los Angeles Sentinel reported that Avan is a Bank of America executive and that Turner was her coworker.
Danny Bakewell Jr. knew Avan for years. He told KTLA that he and the victim ran in the same circles, sat on the same boards and cared about the same causes.
“She was a leader in our community,” Bakewell said. “She made sure that she used her position of power and influence at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, not only to uplift herself, but to uplift women, to uplift communities of color.”
No further details about the killing, including a possible motive, have been released.