Crime Suspect Charged with Murder in Death of Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, Wife of Music Exec Clarence Avant Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles, is accused of killing Avant and attempting to kill her security guard while allegedly robbing her home Dec. 1 By Greta Bjornson Greta Bjornson Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 7, 2021 09:53 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Jacqueline and Clarence Avant. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images A man has been charged in the murder of Jacqueline Avant, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles, is accused of killing Avant and attempting to kill her security guard while allegedly robbing her home Dec. 1, according to a Monday news release. Maynor has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and felon with a firearm. He is also charged with two counts of residential burglary, per the news release. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Suspect Arrested in Killing of Jacqueline Avant, Philanthropist and Wife of Music Exec Clarence Avant Maynor allegedly used an assault long barrel pistol during the robbery and shooting, the DA's office stated in the release. For more on the latest developments in the Jacqueline Avant case and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast on PEOPLE Every Day. District Attorney George Gascón called Avant, 81, "a treasured member of our community" in the Monday news release. He added, "Her generosity and good will touched so many lives." "My office is working closely with the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments in the investigation and prosecution of this case," Gascón stated. "We must continue to work together to hold accountable the people who commit violent crimes against our community." Magic Johnson, Bill Clinton and More React to 'Devastating' Killing of 'Beautiful Soul' Jacqueline Avant Maynor is accused of killing Avant during a home invasion Dec. 1. Maynor allegedly broke into Avant's home and fatally shot her. PEOPLE previously reported that Avant was taken to the hospital for her gunshot wound early Wednesday morning and later died there. Maynor was arrested when police responded to a burglary call. He had "allegedly shot himself accidentally while breaking into a house in the Hollywood Hills," according to prosecutors, per the DA's news release. Maynor was set to be arraigned Monday, the DA's Office stated, but his arraignment was pushed to Tuesday. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up forPEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Avant was married to Clarence Avant, the "Godfather of Black Music." She was a former model who was recognized for her work in philanthropy, having worked as president of the Neighbors of Watts, a group connected to the South Central Community Child Care Center, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She also served as entertainment chairman of the NOW benefit auction and NOW membership, and was a member of the board of directors at UCLA's International Student Center, per THR.