Los Angeles police have named the suspected killer of a 24-year-old girl who was a UCLA grad student and was stabbed to death last week.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department – the suspected killer is identified as Shawn Laval Smith, a 31-year-old guy who “should be considered armed and dangerous.”
According to the records of Los Angeles County jail, the Covina police had arrested Shawn Laval on 27th October 2020 on the basis of a misdemeanor charge. He was later on released for a $1000 bail. Details of this particular case are not clear.
According to a law enforcement source, Shawn Laval Smith endorses a rap sheet that spans 2 coasts including South Carolina and San Francisco. The most recent charge against him has been shoplifting which resulted in Smith landing up in jail in San Mateo. He was accused of allegedly assaulting a law enforcement official as well.
The 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer was stabbed to death while she was working in a furniture store. According to the reports, Shawn Laval Smith entered the furniture store located on North La Brea Avenue on 13th January and immediately stabbed Brianna Kupfer to death. This happened within a moment after Brianna had texted her friend that a guy in the store is making her uncomfortable.
“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.”
The Los Angeles police department announces prize money of $250,000 for any kind of information which will lead to the arrest of Smith in this particular case. This large prize money is a result of contributions from different donors’ family and friends of Brianna Kupfer.
“She was a kind soul and always was trying to make herself better and everything around her better,” the victim’s father, Todd Kupfer said. “She cared about people.”
Brianna Kupfer was studying design at UCLA hailing from Pacific Palisades and was studying at the University of Miami.