After famed business manager Angela Kukawski, 55, was found dead in her car last week, police have charged her boyfriend with suspected murder.
Kukawski was reported missing on December 22, and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Simi Valley Police Department followed up the following day. LAPD released a statement confirming that Kukawski was found dead in her vehicle on December 23 in Simi Valley, California.
Kukawski’s boyfriend, Jason Barker, 49, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, the statement said.
LAPD detectives believe Baker killed the victim at their Sherman Oaks residence before putting her body in her vehicle and driving to Simi Valley, according to the release.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office reported that Kukawski’s cause of death was “sharp and blunt head and neck injuries and strangulation.”
Kukawski was a mother of five who worked at a Los Angeles-based management company called Boulevard Management, NBC Los Angeles reports. The company represents clients such as Nicki Minaj, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), the Kardashians, Offset and the legacy of Tupac Shakur, Variety said.
Following news reports of Kukawski’s death, the Kardashian-Jenner family released a statement saying, “Angela was truly the best. She cared about all of us and made things happen that were impossible.”
“She will be greatly missed and we extend our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones at this very difficult time.”
Minaj also posted a tribute to her Instagram stories.
“The hardest working, most reliable, sweetest person you could ever know,” she wrote. “You didn’t deserve this, Angela. My heart breaks for your children. Rest in peace.’
NBC News has reached out to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office and Ye’s representatives for comment.
The LAPD encourages anyone with information about the murder to contact (818) 374-9550.
Barker’s bail was set at $3,070,000. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking report lists Barker’s next court date as January 12, 2022.