A suspect in the murder of a 24-year-old UCLA student has been identified.
Shawn Laval Smith, 31, is wanted by the LAPD in connection with the January 13 murder of Brianna Kupfer. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
LAPD Share photo by Smith along with his description. He was a 6-foot, three-inch black male and weighed 190 pounds.
Smith has been seen in many California cities and he most likely uses public transportation to get around.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
Kupfer was stabbed to death in a seemingly random attack while she was working alone at a furniture store in Hancock Park.
According to Police Officer Mike Lopez, the LAPD found the woman dead inside the store.
“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.
Lieutenant John Radtke 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”.
The woman’s family said Kupfer 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.
Kupfer is described as having a large heart. She is survived by her parents and three siblings.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/4492435/ucla-student-murder-suspect-identified-lapd/ UCLA student, Brianna Kupfer stabbing suspect identified as Shawn Laval Smith, 31, as police offer $50,000 reward