News of an apparent murder rocked the world of popular culture this week.
According to reports, an individual with close ties to the Kardashian family and rapper Nicki Minaj and Kanye West was found dead in her boyfriend’s car.
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As the New York Post explained, authorities discovered celebrity business manager Angela Kukawski’s body on Dec. 23.
Kukawski’s boyfriend, 49-year-old Jason Barker now stands accused of killing her at her home in Sherman Oaks, California, and placing her body in his vehicle the day before her remains were discovered. The suspect allegedly parked the vehicle on Patricia Avenue in Simi Valley where officers found it a short time after Kukawski was reported missing.
A Simi Valley police spokesperson issued a statement explaining that the discovery was made possible through a joint effort between the local agency and officers from neighboring Los Angeles.
“At about 2 a.m. on December 23, LAPD investigators contacted Simi Valley Police and said they were coming into our jurisdiction on this investigation that was initially characterized as missing person investigation,” the source explained, according to the Post.
Roughly an hour after Los Angeles officers arrived in Simi Valley, they reportedly located the missing person’s body. Barker was subsequently taken into the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department after officers tracked him down at a relative’s home.
“Extreme pain and suffering”
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is pursuing charges against Barker including one felony count of murder and one felony count of torture intended to “cause cruel and extreme pain and suffering” and “inflict great bodily injury.”
A knife and firearm were reportedly used in the commission of the violent crime.
In a statement describing Kukawski as “truly the best,” the Kardashian family mourned her untimely death.
“She cared about every one of us and made things happen that were impossible,” they said, according to Cosmopolitan. “She will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones during this most difficult time.”
Boulevard, the company for which Kukawski most recently worked, offered a statement through spokesperson Todd Bozick, who called her “a kind, wonderful person” who will be “greatly missed by all who knew her,” according to Variety.