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UCLA student Brianna Kupfer stabbed 26 times in murder

The UCLA student who was murdered in a posh Los Angeles furniture store in January suffered 26 stab wounds, according to an autopsy report.

Brianna Kupfer, 24, was working at Croft House on January 13, 2021 when Shawn Laval Smith, 31, allegedly began hiding in the store before leaving and returning.

Kupfer texted her manager that she was getting a “bad vibe” about the alleged killer’s arrival before he attacked her with a knife. The document also reveals that his supervisor did not see the message for 10 minutes and that Kupfer was dead by the time he read it.

Autopsy report says Kupfer was stabbed 11 times in the chest, twice in the abdomen, right leg and right arm, five times in the left arm, three times in the left leg and once in the pelvis .

Brianna Kupfer was working at Croft House in Los Angeles when she was stabbed to death.
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Smith allegedly left the store through a backdoor without taking anything and was then seen casually walking down the street, cops said in January.

Kupfer was later found dead in the store by a customer.

The shocking random attack happened in broad daylight in one of Los Angeles’ major shopping districts.

These undated photos provided by the Los Angeles Police Department show 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith.
Kupfer texted her manager about Shawn Laval Smith before he entered the store and allegedly killed her.
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“The murder of Brianna Kupfer has devastated Los Angeles County and my office is reaching out to her family to provide any services they may need,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said at the time. of the attack.

Smith, 31, was arrested shortly after the crime and faces murder charges.

His lengthy criminal history includes firearms charges and an attack on a police officer, records show.

Friends of Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident who was found dead inside Croft House, gather for a memorial at the North La Brea Avenue store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022.
Kupfer’s friends gather for a memorial at the North La Brea Avenue store in Los Angeles on January 20, 2022.
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Gascon and his office have been criticized for lax prosecution which some blame for driving up the city’s crime rate. He has been criticized for dismantling the ‘lifer unit’, which alerts victims of parole hearings to their abusers.