LOS ANGELES (CBS)  — A gunshot victim found by a dog walker on a mid-Wilshire-area sidewalk was a 30-year-old music coordinator who worked for MTV, authorities said Monday.

The body of Gabriel Aron Benmeir was discovered about 6:30 a.m. Sunday on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues, said Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner’s office. He had been shot in the head.

Residents told police they heard what may have been gunshots about 1 that morning.

Benmeir, who was discovered face-down in a pool of blood, may have been accosted while walking from his car to his house, said police Sgt. Renee McAlonis.

“That he had just parked his car and was walking home is one possibility we are looking at,” the sergeant said.

MTV issued a statement expressing shock and sadness at Benmeir’s death and calling him “a valued member of the MTV family and a beloved and dedicated colleague and friend.”

“Our hearts go out to his family,” the statement said.

Police have no suspects in the case. Anyone with information about the slaying was urged to call the LAPD’s Wilshire Division at (213) 473-0475. All tips can be made anonymously.

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Comments (9)
  1. Jim Gates says:

    we live in such a violent world and city

  2. J.R. says:

    Sure. Because white people, like Charles Manson, never commit murders.

    1. It's not always about RACE says:

      Wow, you really saw the need to go racial on this one? No one else did. Calm down, sir, calm down.

  3. anger loco says:

    Yo.. Everybody… I knew Gabe and he was a great guy who worked hard in the music department at MTV.
    He was one of the coolest guys I ever met and worked with… I remember how he helped me out with my business and his kindness…
    If there was ever a guy who everyone should get donations for. It would be Gabe….
    God bless his soul and I hope they catch the idot(s) who committed this horrible act on my friend..

  4. Jethrie Smith says:

    This happened because like everyone else, the cops never do their job.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Does BM FO mean anything to you?

    2. What's wrong with people? says:

      The cops never do their job? Really? And when they DO their job there’s always people like you, Jethrie, that say they abused their power and authority. People like you are never happy with anything.

  5. BAD NEWS & REVIEW FRANCHISE says:

    “What’s wrong with people?

    The cops never do their job? Really? And when they DO their job there’s always people like you, Jethrie, that say they abused their power and authority. People like you are never happy with anything.” I AGREE

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