Suspect arrested in death of Angela Kukawski, Kardashians commercial director Nicki Minaj

Angela “Angie” Kukawski, a Los Angeles-based business manager who worked at Boulevard Management in Woodland Hills, has died, the Ventura County Coroner’s Office confirmed to Variety. She was 55 years old and the cause of death appears to be homicide, according to sources who point to a Dec. 22 incident in Van Nuys and Simi Valley, Calif.

Los Angeles Police have arrested a 49-year-old man, identified as Jason Barker, who was being held on $ 2 million bail, according to an LA County inmate admission record. On December 29, the bond was raised to $ 3.07 million. He is due in court on January 12, 2022.

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According to a local report, a woman in her 50s was found dead in the trunk of a parked car in Simi Valley, just north of Los Angeles. Sources confirm that Kukawski was the woman. The Simi Valley Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the suspected suspect, who appears to have transported Van Nuys’ body to a relative’s home in Simi Valley in the early morning hours of December 23.

Kukawski, also known as Angela Castro, was a mother of five and, according to friends, was “loved” in the industry. She is described as “hardworking” and “a simple shooter” by a music business associate who contacted her. Boulevard, where she most recently worked, specializes in accounting and financial management services for artists, athletes and entrepreneurs and advises on asset management, tax preparation, insurance and estate and retirement planning, among others.

At Boulevard, Kukawski has worked with clients such as Nicki Minaj, rappers Kanye West and Offset and, for a time, the Kardashians, as well as the Tupac Shakur estate, according to government documents and former associates.

“We are saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our colleague, Angie Kukawski,” Boulevard’s Todd Bozick said in a statement to Variety. “Angie was a kind and wonderful person, and everyone who knew her will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to all of Angie’s family and friends.

Not much else is known about the circumstances of the crime, but Barker is believed to be Kukawski’s boyfriend.

Update: A press release issued by the LAPD on December 29 details that Barker allegedly killed Kukawski inside their shared home in Sherman Oaks, then “put her in her vehicle” and drove to Simi Valley, where the The victim’s car and body were discovered on 1500. Patricia Ave. block.

A Los Angeles Times article added that Barker was indicted by the LA County DA with two felonies: one count of premeditated murder and one count of torture, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the newspaper. Kukawski’s cause of death from “sharp and blunt injuries to the head and neck, as well as strangulation” is also mentioned. Variety confirmed the manner of Kukawski’s death with the Ventura County Medical Examiner.

The Times reports that a knife and a gun were used in the attack.

In a statement to Variety, the Kardashian-Jenner family said, “Angela was really the best. She cared about each of us and made impossible things happen. She will be sadly missed and we extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this most difficult time. “

In an Instagram story posted on the afternoon of December 29, Nicki Minaj wrote: “The hardest working, most reliable and kindest person you can know. You didn’t deserve this, Angela. My heart is breaking. for your children. Rest in peace. “

Nicki Minaj Angela Kukawski

Nicki Minaj Angela Kukawski

On December 30, Offset, of the rap trio Migos, also shared his condolences on Instagram, noting that he and Kukawski spoke to each other on a weekly basis. “Such darling,” he wrote. “Prayer to your soul. “

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Mary H. Martino