A community in Los Angeles is in shock after a young woman was accidentally stabbed to death at work.
Police say Brianna Kupfer, 24, was working alone at the furniture store Croft House in Hancock Park on Thursday afternoon when a man walked into the store, killed her and left.
"Detectives have determined that the suspect was not known to the victim and was a random walk-in to the store," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. ‘The suspect attacked the victim with a knife and fled the scene through the back door. There is no known motive at this time. "
Police say they were alerted to the incident by a Croft House customer who entered the store about 20 minutes after the attack and was shocked to find Mrs Kupfer's body. By that time, the LAPD says, Ms. Kupfer was already dead.
"It's scary. It's awful," Dr. Jennifer Botelho, who owns a chiropractic office next door, told CBS Los Angeles. "She's such a young girl. we can catch this guy. "
According to the LAPD, the suspect is likely a homeless person.
"The suspect is described as a black man, age unknown, tall, thin, wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses, a white N-95 mask, dark skinny jeans, dark shoes and with a dark backpack," the department said.
Mrs Kupfer's grieving father told the network she was "loved by everyone."
The young woman had studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she took her master's degree in architectural design. In her spare time, she worked as a design consultant at Croft House.
"I was just hoping to visit the store and I can not believe the news," Lisa Finkenstaedt, an interior designer who often worked with Croft House, told Fox 11. "It's so awful, it's so outrageous. I emailed her. a few times. She is a good seller. "
On Friday, a temporary memorial with flowers and photographs grew outside Croft House.
"The world has been deprived of a productive member of society - who shone with positivity," friends of Ms. Kupfer told CBS.
The LAPD has asked anyone with information about the murder or the suspect to contact the homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470 or at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 over the weekend. Tipers who wish to remain anonymous can call 800-222-TIPS.