MTV Employee Shot Execution-Style in Back of Head
Gabriel Ben-Meir, a 30 year-old music coordinator employed by MTV, was shot execution-style in the back of the head during the early Sunday hours, the Los Angeles Times reports. The alleged murder took place in front of Ben-Meir’s mid-Wilshire apartment, according to law enforcement sources.
Residents reported hearing gunshots after midnight but did not inform police. Ben-Meir’s body was discovered by a man walking his dog on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Ben-Meir worked for MTV as a music and production coordinator on such shows as The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Parental Control and Punk’d. He started in the industry as an intern at Geffen Records. His sister, Alexis Ben-Meir, is a well-known figure in the music business who has worked at MCA Records, Suretone Records and is currently at Red Light Management. Their father, Nick Ben-Meir, is a longtime business manager who has represented musicians.
“Gabriel was so damn sweet,” a former co-worker tells the Hollywood Reporter. “He just loved music. I remember him at Coachella wanting to see every band. He was a really hard worker and super-passionate about music.”
Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that Ben-Meir was found face down in a pool of blood. Detectives are investigating what kind of weapon was used, but sources said it could have been a shotgun. There are currently no suspects in the case.
Ben-Meir was a resident of the neighborhood and was walking home after parking his car.