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Police release composite sketch, physical description, of suspected killer in barbershop slaying.

August 15, 2014

A police composite sketch of the suspected shooter in the killing of barbershop owner Yusef A'Vant, who was slain at his East Providence business Wednesday.

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police yesterday released a description and composite sketch of the man they believe shot 42-year-old barbershop owner Yusef A’Vant to death in his Pawtucket Avenue business on Wednesday afternoon.
East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella said investigators are looking for a black male believed to be in his late 30’s to early 40’s, who is approximately 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket at the time of the shooting
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the East Providence Police Detective Division at (401) 435-7600.
Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigation of Wednesday’s murder, the first the city has seen in two years.
Parella has declined comment on a possible motive, but has stated that A’Vant was targeted by the shooter.
A’Vant was shot inside his Krazy Kuts barbershop at 2400 Pawtucket Avenue shortly after 2 p.m., and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to East Providence Police.
A’Vant was reportedly cutting the hair of a customer when the shooter entered the shop and opened fire. The customer ran out to a nearby auto repair shop and told the owner that A’Vant had been shot.
Parella confirmed that the shooting occurred inside the building, but would not comment on reports that A’Vant’s possible assailant drove up to the business in a black sedan with tinted windows.
Parella said East Providence detectives working the case were making progress on collecting information about A’Vant’s possible killers, but he could not provide more information on the investigation.
A 1991 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx, N.Y., A’Vant studied at Community College of Rhode Island. He owned the barbershop for about 10 years and lived with his mother next door to the shop.
On A'Vant’s Facebook page, friends were expressing their shock and disbelief.
“Truly a shame what happened to my good friend,” says one post. “My heart hurts for your family. Yusef A'Vant may you rest in paradise brother.”
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