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Brianna Kupfer – latest: Killed students’ last text revealed in the middle of the hunt for the ‘dangerous’ Shawn Laval Smith

Neighbor of young woman stabbed to death in LA speaks out

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

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

Ms. Kupfer, a graduate student at the University of California - Los Angeles, was alone on a shift in the Croft House showroom on Jan. 13 when a masked man came 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 as he left the store through a back door and down an alley.

In addition to a $ 50,000 reward from the City Council, private donations for information in connection with the arrest of the suspect have now brought the total amount to over $ 250.00.

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

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Kupfer's last text revealed

At Tuesday's press conference, police revealed that Ms. Kupfer sent a text message to a friend expressing concern about someone who had walked into the Croft House furniture store.

"She texted a friend and told her there was someone inside the place who gave her a bad mood," said LAPD lieutenant John Radtke. "Sorry, that person did not see the text right away."

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

Megan SheetsJanuary 19, 2022 11:25

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Who is Brianna Kupfer?

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

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

She also worked as a design consultant at Croft House's exclusive furniture store in Hancock Park, west of Los Angeles, where she was murdered Thursday, Jan. 13. She leaves behind her parents and three siblings.

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Eleanor Sly19 January 2022 10:38

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Pictures of tribute to Brianna Kupfer

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Eleanor Sly19 January 2022 08:40

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Man arrested after death by LA nurse

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

Sandra Shells was attacked last Thursday at a bus stop near 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 backwards and hit her head on the ground. She died at the hospital Sunday.

According to Los Angeles Times, a homeless man was arrested near the station and charged with investigating a murder attempt.

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

Eleanor Sly19 January 2022 07:42

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Suspects are believed to be using public transportation

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

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

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

Police said Smith should be considered "armed" and "dangerous."

Maroosha Muzaffar19 January 2022 04:54

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The LAPD identifies 'armed' and 'dangerous' suspects

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

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Maroosha Muzaffar19 January 2022 04:32

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

The LAPD has released new photos of the man suspected of killing UCLA student Brianna Kupfer, announcing that a reward for his capture had risen to $ 250,000.

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

Oliver O'Connell19 January 2022 04:30

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Sandra Shells: LA nurse dies after assault by homeless man the same day as Brianna's murder

ONE The angels Nurse dies after a homeless man accidentally attacked her at a bus stop, police said.

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

"Upon arrival, officers discovered that the suspect, later identified as Kerry Bell, had punched the victim in the face, causing her to fall to the ground and sustain a skull fracture," he said. LAPD said in one announcement.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 02:30

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Brianna's father criticizes politicians for 'rising crime'

The father of UCLA student Brianna Kupfer, who was stabbed to death in a furniture store in Los Angeles, has hit politicians for failing to curb rising crime.

In an interview with Fox News, the late woman's father Todd Kupfer said: "Crime is really on the rise and we have a lot of criminals on the streets who should not be out."

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 01:30

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Video: Suspect calmly walks away from the store after killing

Police in search of the killer of UCLA student Brianna Kupfer have released a new video of the suspect.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 19, 2022 00:30

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