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Brianna Kupfer – latest: Slain student’s last text revealed amid hunt for ‘dangerous’ Shawn Laval Smith

Neighbour of young woman stabbed to death in LA speaks out

Police have identified a man they believe to be the killer of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that the suspect, Shawn Laval Smith, 31, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Ms Kupfer, a graduate student at the University of California – Los Angeles, was alone on a shift at the Croft House showroom on 13 January when a masked man walked in and attacked her, police said. She was found bleeding out on the floor by a customer 20 minutes later and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nearly a week later, Smith is still at large after surveillance video captured him leaving the shop through a back door and down an alley.

In addition to a $50,000 reward from the city council, private donations for information relating to the capture of the suspect have now taken the total to over $250,00.

Investigators said Ms Kupfer, who hailed from Pacific Palisades and worked as a design consultant for the high-end retailer, appeared to have been targeted at random.

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Kupfer’s last text revealed

At Tuesday’s press conference, police revealed Ms Kupfer texted a friend expressing concern about someone who had entered the Croft House furniture store.

“She sent a text to a friend letting her know that there was someone inside the location that was giving her a bad vibe,” LAPD Lt John Radtke said. “Regrettably, that person did not see the text immediately.”

The man Ms Kupfer mentioned is believed to be 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith, who was identified as the only suspect in her slaying later on Tuesday. He remains at large.

Megan Sheets19 January 2022 11:25


Who is Brianna Kupfer?

Brianna Kupfer has been described by loved ones as a “kind soul” who “glowed with positivity”.

At the time of her death, the 24-year-old was seeking a graduate degree in architectural design at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

She was also working as a design consultant at the Croft House upscale furniture boutique in Hancock Park in the west of Los Angeles where she was murdered on Thursday 13 January. She leaves behind her parents and three siblings.

Oliver O’Connell has more:

Eleanor Sly19 January 2022 10:38


Images of tributes paid to Brianna Kupfer

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Eleanor Sly19 January 2022 08:40


Man arrested over death of LA nurse

A man suspected of attacking and killing a 70-year-old woman at a bus stop in Los Angeles was charged with murder on Tuesday.

Sandra Shells was attacked last Thursday at a bus stop located near to Union Station while on her way to work as a nurse at LA County-USC Medical Center, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Ms Shells fell over backwards, hitting her head on the ground. She died in hospital on Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a homeless man was arrested near to the station and booked for investigation of attempted murder.

Kerry Bell, 48, was charged with murder. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.

Eleanor Sly19 January 2022 07:42


Suspect believed to be using public transport

The LAPD said that the suspect, Shawn Laval Smith, is believed to be using public transport.

In a community alert shared by the Los Angeles Police Department, they say that “special attention must be paid to bus stops and train platforms.”

On Tuesday, the police identified 31-year-old Smith as the suspect they believe stabbed Brianna Kupfer on 13 January and fled the scene.

Police said that Mr Smith should be considered “armed” and “dangerous.”

Maroosha Muzaffar19 January 2022 04:54


LAPD identify ‘armed’ and ‘dangerous’ suspect

Police have identified a man they believe to be the killer of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer.

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Maroosha Muzaffar19 January 2022 04:32


LAPD release new photos of suspected killer as reward tops $250,000

The LAPD have released new images of the man suspected of killing UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer and announced a reward for his capture had increased to $250,000.

A $50,000 reward put up by the city of Los Angeles had grown to $250,000 with donations from private groups and individuals, police revealed at a press conference on Tuesday.

Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 04:30


Sandra Shells: LA nurse dies after assault by homeless person same day as Brianna’s murder

A Los Angeles nurse is dead after a homeless person randomly attacked her at a bus stop, police say.

Sandra Shells, 70, was waiting for a bus at downtown LA’s Union Station on Thursday when an assailant allegedly hit her in the face, knocking her to the ground. A witness to the attack called 911.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered that the suspect, later identified as Kerry Bell, had struck the victim in the face, causing her to fall to the ground and sustain a fractured skull,” the LAPD said in a statement.

Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 02:30


Brianna’s father slams politicians for ‘crime spike’

The father of UCLA student Brianna Kupfer who was fatally stabbed in a Los Angeles furniture store has hit out at politicians for failing to curb surging crime.

Talking to Fox News, the deceased woman’s father Todd Kupfer said: “Crime is truly spiking, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets that should not be out.”

Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 01:30


Video: Suspect walks calmly away from store after killing

Police hunting for the killer of UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer have released a new video of the suspect.

Oliver O’Connell19 January 2022 00:30

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