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 a shift at Croft House on Jan. 13 2021 when Shawn Laval Smith, 31, allegedly began lurking around the store before leaving and coming back.
Kupfer texted her manager that she was getting a “bad vibe” about the suspected killer’s arrival before he attacked her with a knife. The document also reveals that her supervisor did not see the message for 10 minutes and that Kupfer was dead by the time he read it.
The autopsy report states that Kupfer was stabbed 11 times in the chest, twice in her abdomen, right leg and right arm, five times in her left arm, three times in her left leg, and once in her pelvis.
Smith allegedly exited the store through a back door without taking anything and was later seen walking casually down the street, cops said in January.
Kupfer was later found dead in the store by a customer.
The shocking random attack occurred in broad daylight in one of Los Angeles’ premier shopping districts.
“The murder of Brianna Kupfer has left Los Angeles County devastated and my office is reaching out to her family to provide any services they may need,” embattled LA County District Attorney George Gascon said at the time of the attack.
Smith, 31, was arrested soon after the crime and is facing murder charges.
His extensive criminal history includes gun charges and an attack on a police officer, records show.
Gascon and his office have come under fire for prosecutorial laxity that some blame for a spike in the city’s crime rate. He has been criticized for disbanding the “Lifer Unit,” which alerts victims to their assailants’ parole hearings.