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Father of slain UCLA student Brianna Kupfer outraged by release of autopsy report

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EXCLUSIVE: The heartbroken father of a UCLA graduate student brutally slaughtered in a random broad daylight attack in Los Angeles is outraged that the autopsy report containing graphic details of her savage murder has been made public at the hurry.

“You have people who don’t really care about humanity and for selfish gain or for whatever reason they act…without a conscience,” Todd Kupfer told Fox News Digital.

Brianna Kupfer, 24, was stabbed to death on January 13 while working at high-end furniture store Croft House by career criminal Shawn Laval Smith, who may have targeted her because she was alone in the store.

“Everyone knows she was brutally murdered. I don’t know why people would need to know more than that. It’s glorifying a horrible tragedy for entertainment,” Kupfer said.

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A combination of photos of Brianna Kupfer and her alleged killer Shawn Laval Smith
(Family document/photograph)

A 34-page autopsy report released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Department details her horrific injuries, including that she was stabbed 26 times with a gray-handled kitchen knife. Autopsy reports are public records under California law, according to a spokesperson for the medical examiner’s office.

Kupfer said he and his family intentionally avoided watching or reading any media coverage of the autopsy. “We don’t want to find out at this stage. It’s too difficult and too triggering,” he said.

An assistant Los Angeles district attorney contacted him Thursday to let him know the autopsy was released.

Flowers are placed outside the Los Angeles Croft House furniture store in memory of murdered graduate student Brianna Kupfer.

Flowers are placed outside the Los Angeles Croft House furniture store in memory of murdered graduate student Brianna Kupfer.
(Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Smith, 31, reportedly walked into Brianna Kupfer’s store around 2:30 p.m., and she immediately texted her manager to say the man was giving her a “bad vibe.” A few minutes later, she was dead. Smith fled but was arrested six days later in Pasadena.

Smith has a lengthy criminal record spanning both coasts and had an active warrant for assaulting a police officer at the time of the murder. Authorities are currently awaiting results from Smith’s mental health assessment to proceed with the trial.

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Progressive prosecutors like Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón have been criticized for their soft-on-crime policies as the murder rate has risen in many major cities.

Gascón is facing a callback amid a rising homicide rate that has climbed 35% so far this year compared to the same period in 2020, according to public data.

The 24-year-old was studying design as a graduate student at UCLA.

The 24-year-old was studying design as a graduate student at UCLA.
(Todd Kupfer)

“Obviously the recall campaign right now is a big step,” Kupfer told Fox News Digital. “People should be held accountable for their actions. People should not have their right to safety taken away so that others can have a free pass to commit crimes again and again.”

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He added of his daughter’s killer, “He should have been in jail.”

Kupfer grew up in the Pacific Palisades — about 3 miles north of Santa Monica — with her father, mother Lori, younger sister Mikaela, and brothers Tucker and Brandon.

Brianna Kupfer in a family portrait.

Brianna Kupfer in a family portrait.
(Todd Kupfer)

“She was a caring soul and was always trying to improve herself and everything around her,” Kupfer previously told Fox News Digital. “She cared about people.”

The University of Miami graduate loved to sew and wanted to create her own clothing line. She studied design at UCLA and worked at Croft House on La Brea Ave. for about a year as a consultant.

Todd Kupfer said the family is doing their best to cope with the immense loss of their beloved daughter.

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“You can’t really move on, all you can do is move, so we try to move and honor it as much as possible every day with our actions and our voices,” he said. “But the pain obviously doesn’t go away. It’s with you every day.”

Smith faces life in prison if convicted of murder. The Los Angeles District Attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that autopsy reports are public records in California, according to the LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Department.