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Janet Burrows-Tapia

Janet Burrows-Tapia, a vice president of development for the Wolper Organization, was found murdered in her Highland Park home on July 22. She was 39.

Burrows-Tapia, who was four months pregnant, was shot, police said.

A Los Angeles Police Dept. spokesman stated that although there were signs of forced entry, the motive for the slaying remains unknown.

A native of Glenview, Ill., she graduated in 1981 from the U of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana. She immediately began working as an actress and earned her Equity card the following year.

Beginning in 1982, she appeared in more than 35 Equity productions in various cities including plays such as “School for Wives” and “Company of Wayward Saints” in Chicago and “They’re Playing Our Song” in Minneapolis.

She was also part of Shakespeare in the Park in Louisville, Ky., performing in “Twelfth Night,” “Hamlet” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

In the late 1980s, she relocated to Los Angeles where she found work as a reader for various film companies, including ICM and Interscope Prods. She then became assistant to director-producer Mel Damski.

In 1993, she was named director of development for Davis Entertainment and helped develop TV movies and miniseries including “Asteroid,” “The Last Outlaw,” “Miracle at Midnight,” “Long Last Love” and “The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story.”

She joined the Wolper Organization in 1996 as vice president of development, where she developed “A Will of Their Own” and “Mists of Avalon.”

She is survived by her husband, Ed Tapia, a television producer, a sister and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Burrows-Tapia’s name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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