Brianna Kupfer, a 24-year-old grad student at UCLA, was stabbed to death while working at her job last Thursday. Kupfer was working alone at Croft House when an unknown male came into the store and stabbed the young woman. Police are investigating the brutal killing.
According to reports, the stabbing happened on the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue around 2 p.m. LAPD were called to the scene after a customer walked into the furniture store and found Brianna Kupfer on the ground. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police believe the suspect stabbed Kupfer and then fled through the back door of the high-end furniture store. Surveillance footage spotted him calmly walking down an alley after the crime. Reports are describing him as a tall Black man wearing all black and a white N-95 mask.
The LAPD released a description of the suspect and said, “The suspect is described as a male Black, unknown age, tall, thin, wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses, a white N-95 mask, dark skinny jeans, dark shoes and carrying a dark backpack.”
Officers believe the man was homeless. Police are still looking for him, and the motive is still unclear.
According to Dr. Jennifer Botelho, the suspect came into her chiropractic practice moments before the stabbing. The two businesses are neighbors. She said, “He came in and asked a couple of questions: ‘Do you do orthopedics here?’ What kind of care we provide and then he left. So, he was just here for a few minutes.”
Brianna Kupfer had been working at the furniture store for just over a year before her tragic death. She was a graduate of Brentwood High School and the University of Miami. The young woman was studying for a degree in architectural design at UCLA and was hired as a design consultant for the store.
Her boss, Riley Rea, said that Brianna Kupfer was mature for her age and liked by everyone at the store. He said, “I’m absolutely devastated for her and her family. It just seems so disgusting and unexpected. Really there are no words to say how shocked we are to lose such a wonderful person.”
According to Brianna’s father, Todd Kupfer, his daughter was loved by everyone she met and wanted to make her own fashion line. She loved to design clothes based on people’s personalities. He said, “She was a kind soul and always was trying to make herself better and everything around her better. She cared about people. She liked fun clothes and thought they said something about people’s personalities,” he said. “She wanted to create a clothing line.”
The UCLA grad student’s father is blaming California politicians for his daughter’s death. He feels there is too much crime on the streets of L.A. and lawmakers are doing nothing to stop it.
He said, “Crime is truly spiking, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets that shouldn’t be out. We have a lot of politicians that somehow forgot about people and think the key to getting elected is to support the lowest rung of our society and to give them rights and somehow that’s the answer to getting votes.”
Funeral plans for Brianna Kupfer have not been announced while officers continue to look for the unknown suspect. They are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact their offices.
Individuals with information can contact West Bureau Homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477), text them at 274637 or visit LAPDOnline.org and click on “webtips.”