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UCLA student, Brianna Kupfer stabbing suspect identified as Shawn Laval Smith, 31, as police offer $250,000 reward

POLICE has released the identity of a murder suspect in the fatal stabbing of a UCLA graduate who was killed at a furniture store.

Shawn Laval Smith, 31, wanted by LAPD in connection with murder of 24-year-old UCLA student Brianna Kupfer on January 13.

Smith is considered armed and dangerous, according to LAPD

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Smith is considered armed and dangerous, according to LAPDCredit: LAPD
Brianna Kupfer was murdered while working alone at a furniture store

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Brianna Kupfer was murdered while working alone at a furniture storeCredit: Todd Kupfer Hands Out

LAPD Share photo by Smith, along with his description, on Tuesday night. He is described as a six-foot, three-inch black male and 190 pounds in weight.

‘Armor and DANGER’

Police said Smith should not be approached as he is considered armed and dangerous.

A wanted poster released late Tuesday said Smith is known to have traveled extensively California past cities, including Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Covina, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Investigators said he was most likely using public transport to get around and needed to pay special attention to bus stops and train platforms.

Anyone who sees Smith is urged to call 911.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

Based on Los angelesAccording to County Sheriff’s Department records, Smith is currently free on $1,000 bail following a misdemeanor arrest in October 2020.

It is not clear the unpaid fee and it is not clear why the case has not gone to trial for more than a year.

Smith is also currently free on a $50,000 bond in connection with his November 2019 arrest in Charleston, South Carolina, on suspicion of firing a weapon at an occupied vehicle, according to court documents.

Smith’s previous charges include assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, assaulting a police officer, trespassing, possession of a stolen vehicle and misdemeanors of theft and possession. stolen goods.

A $250,000 reward has been announced by authorities for information leading to his arrest with $200,000 in community donations and the remainder from city funds.

Councilor Paul Koretz said: “We will find this heinous criminal, we will arrest him, and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

VICTIM’S TEXT TO FRIENDS

Kupfer stabbed to death in a seemingly random attack as she worked alone at a furniture store in Hancock Park during the day, around 1:50 p.m.

Investigators said a customer found her body inside the store and called 911 shortly after she was stabbed.

“She was there alone,” said Detective Herman Frettlohr. “She was attacked by the suspect and she was killed.”

In a press release, the LAPD said the victim did not know her attacker and had no motive at this time.

Kupfer clearly sensed something was wrong with the man who entered the store.

Police said the man was seen walking around the area of ​​the store, entering several other stores before entering Croft House. It is believed he may have attacked Kupfer after realizing she was alone.

Lieutenant John Radke said the graduate texted a friend the day she was murdered, saying that someone inside the Croft House store was “giving her a bad vibe”.

‘FULL BROKER’ FAMILY

Kupfer’s family said she was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Brentwood High School and graduated from the University of Miami.

She is studying at UCLA to receive a master’s degree in architectural design.

The 24-year-old has been described as ambitious and has a big heart.

“She is a kind soul and is always trying to make herself better and everything around her better,” her father, Todd Kupfer speak. “She cares about people.”

Todd Kupfer said she is survived by her parents and three siblings, including her 21-year-old sister, who is completely devastated by the loss.

Riley Rea, co-owner of Croft House, tells Los Angeles Times that he was completely devastated for her and her family.

“It just seemed disgusting and unexpected,” he said.

“There are really no words to describe how shocked we are to lose such a wonderful person.”

Shawn Laval Smith has been identified as a suspect in connection with the January 13 murder of Brianna Kupfer

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Shawn Laval Smith has been identified as a suspect in connection with the January 13 murder of Brianna KupferCredit: LAPD
LAPD employees found Kupfer's body inside the Croft House furniture store

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LAPD employees found Kupfer’s body inside the Croft House furniture storeCredit: Todd Kupfer Hands Out
Suspect is seen on CCTV after stabbing UCLA graduate Brianna Kupfer while she was working at an LA high-end furniture store

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