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LAPD Cop Discovers His Mom Shot to Death in Her Home

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A Los Angeles Police Department officer made the horrific discovery that his own mother had been shot to death inside her South Los Angeles home.

The officer found the body of his mother, 79-year-old Cleo Hughes, with at least one gunshot wound to her torso, just before noon on Sunday, according to City News Service.

The victim and her son, identified by CBS2 as Chris Hughes, were very close, as several people who knew Hughes indicated in media interviews:

Family friend Allyson Smith said the mother and son talked daily. “They were very close. He checks on her every day. They did the phone thing,” she says, “and when he couldn’t get her on the phone he got concerned and came over.”
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Officer Hughes had dropped off his mother at the home Saturday night, and was checking in on her the following day.

Friends and neighbors say Cleo Hughes ran Jack's Family Kitchen, a casual eatery, for the past 40 years with her brother.

"Authorities said there were no signs of forced entry or burglary," notes KTLA. Hughes may have known her assailant and let him or her into the residence.

The LAPD are investigating the shooting, and are searching for the suspect. It is not clear if the officer's work as an LAPD training officer had anything to do with the motive for the killing.

An autopsy is slated for today.