Pair Arrested in Connection to Execution-Style Slaying of MTV Staffer

Courtesy Ben-Meir family

Gabriel Ben-Meir, a 30-year-old music coordinator, was murdered May 8 in Los Angeles.


A man and a woman arrested this week in connection with a string of LA-area armed robberies are believed to be responsible for the execution-style slaying of a MTV staffer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destiny Young, 29, both of L.A., have been arrested after witness statements and other evidence (which police did not disclose) linked them to the murder of Gabriel Ben-Meir, a 30 year-old music coordinator.

Ben-Meir was shot execution-style in the back of the head during the early morning hours May 8 near his mid-Wilshire apartment. He was found face down in a pool of blood by a man walking his dog at about 6:30 a.m.

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.”