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Veteran LAPD officer finds his mother shot dead in her South Los Angeles home


The South L.A. home where 79-year-old Cleo Hughes, the mother of an LAPD officer, was found shot to death on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

An LAPD officer checking in on his mother found her shot to death in her South L.A. home on Sunday, and police currently have no suspect or motive in the murder.

Cleo Hughes, 79, was killed in her home on the 1600 block of West 66th Street, the L.A. Times reports. Her son, identified by CBS as Chris Hughes, dropped her off there at about 7 p.m. Saturday and went to check on her Sunday after she didn’t return his phone calls.

He discovered her body at around noon, an LAPD spokesman told the Associated Press. NBC reports that she had been shot in the chest.

A family friend said the officer and his mother were very close.

“He checks up on his mother every day,” Allyson Smith said. “She was beautiful, I mean a lovely mother.” Smith added that the officer is her only son.

ABC reports that Chris Hughes is a department veteran who trains recruits at the police academy. The grieving son stayed at the crime scene while his colleagues conducted their investigation.

ABC also reported that the woman was discovered in her bed. No signs of forced entry or burglary have been found, detectives said.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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