Brianna Kupfer Death Autopsy Report: Found 26 Stab Wounds

UCLA student Brianna Kupfer murdered in Los Angeles attack had 26 stab wounds: report

Police arrested Shawn Laval Smith, 31, in connection to Brianna Kupfer’s murder.

An autopsy found Brianna Kupfer, a UCLA grad student killed in a seemingly random daylight attack in Los Angeles earlier this year, was stabbed 26 times.

Kupfer, 24, was working alone at the Croft House furniture store on North La Brea Avenue on January 13, when Shawn Laval Smith, 31, entered the store just after 1 p.m. and fatally stabbed her, police said.

The autopsy report found extensive injuries across Kupfer’s body, including 11 stab wounds in her chest, five in her left arm, three in her left leg, and one in her pelvis, the New York Post reported. Her body also had two stab wounds each in her abdomen, right leg and right arm.


Brianna Kupfer Death Autopsy Report

Shawn Laval Smith, 31, should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the LAPD.

Los Angeles police have identified the suspected killer of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer, a UCLA grad student stabbed to death at her furniture store job last week.

Shawn Laval Smith, 31, should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the LAPD.

Los Angeles County Jail records show Covina police arrested him on Oct. 27, 2020 on a misdemeanor charge. He was released on $1,000 bail. The outcome of that case was not immediately clear.

A law enforcement source tells Fox News Digital that Smith has a rap sheet that spans both coasts, including in San Francisco and South Carolina.

His most recent charge is allegedly for shoplifting — and he landed up in jail in San Mateo after allegedly assaulting a police officer.

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Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Smith allegedly walked into a furniture store on North La Brea Avenue on Jan. 13 and stabbed Kupfer to death moments after she texted a friend to say a man in the store was making her uncomfortable.

Brianna Kupfer Death Autopsy

“She sent a text to a friend letting her know that there was someone inside the location that was giving her a bad vibe,” LAPD Lt. John Radtke said of the Jan. 13 slaying. “Regrettably, that person did not see the text immediately.”

Anyone who sees him should call 911 and no approach, police said Tuesday evening.

Police said he’s been spotted in numerous locations around Southern California – including Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Covina and San Diego. They also included a mug shot showing Smith wearing a face mask – suggesting a recent run-in with the law sometime after the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Just a half-hour after the alleged stabbing at the Croft House, a luxury furniture store, police said surveillance cameras picked up Smith at a 7-Eleven, where he bought a vape pen in cash.


Video shows him wearing sunglasses and a dust mask, which he briefly tugged down to speak to the clerk. Then he grabs some coins from the take-a-penny tray on the counter and hands them over along with a bill.

After paying, he turns back from the door and places the vape down on the counter, and the clerk takes it and appears to hand him another, the video shows. Then he leaves for good.

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Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Los Angeles police at 213-382-9470.

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