Vancouver actress found dead in L.A. in apparent murder-suicide
Published Tuesday, December 9, 2014 7:10AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 9, 2014 9:29PM EST
A Canadian actress based in Los Angeles and her rapper husband have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
The Los Angeles police said Stephanie Moseley, 30, of Vancouver, and Earl Hayes were found dead in the Park La Brea apartments on Monday morning.
The initial police investigation has revealed that Hayes, 34, shot his wife and then took his own life, officers said in a statement. Paramedics pronounced both dead at the scene.
According to TMZ, boxer Floyd Mayweather witnessed the incident while speaking with Hayes over FaceTime.
Moseley first moved to Los Angeles in 2004, and soon landed gigs dancing for high profile stars including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears.
In 2013, she signed on to the VH1 series "Hit the Floor," a TV drama series about NBA cheerleaders. Other acting credits include roles in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," "Mirror Mirror" and "Sparkle."
Hayes had collaborated on musical projects with Alicia Keys and Dr. Dre.
Chris Lowe, Moseley's cousin, said that her dedication and talent set her apart.
"She knew what she wanted and nothing was going to stop her," he told CTV Vancouver. "Her performances inspired people. I think that's how we have to remember her, as someone who gave a beautiful gift to this world, but was taken far too young in an incredibly senseless way."
Lowe said that her death has come as a shock to the family.
"There was no indication, her mother spoke to her Saturday and she expressed how happy she was," said Lowe.
"She was saying how much she loved him and how great everything was working out.
We never saw a violent side to (Hayes)."
Moseley’s former dance teacher, Rachel Poirier, told The Canadian Press that the actress visited her family in the Metro Vancouver area several times a year.
Poirier said she once asked Moseley about her then-fiancée, and Moseley told her not to judge Hayes by his often violent rap lyrics.
Tye Shantz, a friend of Moseley's when she lived in Canada, said he will miss her immensely.
"She was an amazing person here, but she was an amazing person down there. She did so much," he said. "When you lose somebody, you're going to miss everything. I'm going to miss seeing what she was doing next."