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UCLA student Brianna Kupfer texted a friend saying someone ‘gave her a bad vibe’ minutes before she was killed in an LA furniture store

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UCLA student Brianna Kupfer texted a friend saying someone ‘gave her a bad vibe’ minutes before she was killed in an LA furniture store

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Los Angeles officials are offering a reward of more than $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of fatally stabbing a 24-year-old UCLA graduate student while working alone in a furniture store. Brianna Kupfer was found dead on the store floor by a customer on Thursday shortly after she sent a disturbing text message to a friend, police said.

Police say Kupfer was the only employee at Croft House on La Brea Avenue when someone entered the store last Thursday afternoon and fatally stabbed her. CBS Los Angeles reports that on Tuesday night, police identified the suspect as Shawn Laval Smith. He is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

UCLA student Brianna Kupfer texted a friend saying someone ‘gave her a bad vibe’ minutes before she was killed in an LA furniture store

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Officers said Kupfer immediately had a bad feeling when the suspect entered the store.

“She texted a friend saying there was someone inside the place who gave her a bad vibe. Unfortunately, that person didn’t see the text immediately,” said Lt. John Radtke of the LAPD.

About 15 minutes later, a customer found Kupfer stabbed to death, police said.

“I don’t see us recovering anytime soon,” Todd Kupfer, the victim’s father, told CBS Los Angeles. “I would like to tell you that there will be a point where we are better, but I feel like it will be a big missing piece.”

Brianna Kupfer graduated from Brentwood High School and the University of Miami, before returning to Southern California to pursue an architectural design degree from UCLA, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz on Tuesday asked city leaders to add $50,000 to the more than $200,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s capture and conviction.

“We will find this vicious criminal, arrest him and prosecute him to the full extent of the law,” Koretz said.

Police released video from a 7-Eleven store on Tuesday showing the suspect casually shopping 30 minutes after Kupfer was fatally stabbed. He also shopped at other stores before and after the murder, police said.

The suspect was described as a black male with braided hair, wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses with orange reflective lenses, a white N95 mask, gray skinny jeans, dark shoes and carrying a black backpack. Detectives say they believe he is homeless.

Police said there was no known motive for the knife attack and they believe it was a random attack.

A vigil for Kupfer has been announced for Thursday afternoon in front of the store.



UCLA student Brianna Kupfer texted a friend saying someone ‘gave her a bad vibe’ minutes before she was killed in an LA furniture store

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