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Brianna Kupfer cops issue heartbreaking 911 call that led to the capture of murder suspect Shawn Lavall Smith

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Brianna Kupfer cops issue heartbreaking 911 call that led to the capture of murder suspect Shawn Lavall Smith

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COPS released the heartbreaking 911 call that led police to capture Shawn Lavall Smith, the man suspected of Brianna Kupfer’s murder.

The 911 call was made just days after Brianna Kupfer, a 24-year-old UCLA student, was found dead on January 13.

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Brianna Kupfer was, a 24-year-old UCLA student, was found dead on January 13Credit: family document
Brianna Kupfer cops issue heartbreaking 911 call that led to the capture of murder suspect Shawn Lavall Smith

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Smith was detained by the LAPD1 credit: LAPD

A man calling said to the dispatcher, “Hello, I’m calling because I see a man who looks a lot like the suspect in the Kupfer knife attack in Los Angeles.

“I’m in Pasadena…He just passed the corner of Green and Terrace in Pasadena.”

In the 911 call, obtained by Fox News, the caller explained that the man he saw was “wearing a black hoodie, dark sweatpants and a black backpack very similar to the one I saw in the pictures.”

At the time of the call, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was looking for 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith in connection with Brianna’s murder.

Pasadena police say the man who called 911 noticed Smith sitting on a park bench in the city before calling, according to Fox News.

Smith was arrested by Pasadena police officers at a bus stop on Wednesday, January 19 after being recognized.

The location of Smith’s arrest was near where the 911 caller said.

Smith was found on the street and detained without incident, KTLA reports.

The LAPD confirmed the man was arrested at 11:50 a.m.

A source told Fox News that Smith gave authorities a false name, but the LAPD Fugitive Unit brought a fingerprint reader to Pasadena and confirmed the suspect’s true identity.

The LAPD has obtained more than 1,000 pieces of information since opening an investigation into Krupfer’s tragic death, the source added.

Charlie Sanchez Salinas witnessed Smith’s arrest and told KTLA, “He just had this really cold look on his face like, ‘Well, I guess they got me.'”

Smith was seen in footage handcuffed by police.

STAB TO DEATH

Brianna was stabbed to death in a seemingly random attack while working alone in a furniture store in Hancock Park in broad daylight at around 1.50pm.

Investigators said a customer found his body inside the store, Croft House on North La Brea Avenue, and called 911 shortly after being stabbed.

“She was there all alone,” Detective Herman Frettlohr said. “She was attacked by the suspect and she was killed.”

In a press release, the LAPD said the victim did not know her attacker and there is currently no motive at this time.

Brianna had apparently sensed something was wrong with the man who entered the store.

Police said the man was seen walking around the neighborhood, entering several stores before entering Croft House. It is believed he may have attacked Brianna after realizing she was alone.

Lt. John Radke said the grad student texted a friend the day of her murder, saying there was someone inside the Croft House store who was “giving her a bad vibe”.

“Unfortunately, this person did not see the text immediately,” the lieutenant said.

“COMPLETELY BROKEN” FAMILY

Brianna’s family said she was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Brentwood High School and graduated from the University of Miami.

She was attending UCLA to receive her master’s degree in architectural design.

“She was a caring soul and was always trying to improve herself and everything around her,” said her father, Todd Kupfer. “She cared about people.”

She is survived by her parents and three siblings, including her 21-year-old sister who is completely broken by the loss, Todd Kupfer said.

Croft House co-owner Riley Rea told the Los Angeles Times he was absolutely devastated for her and her family.

“It seems so disgusting and unexpected,” he said. “Truly, there are no words to express how shocked we are to lose such a wonderful person.”

Brianna Kupfer cops issue heartbreaking 911 call that led to the capture of murder suspect Shawn Lavall Smith

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Shawn Laval Smith was arrested at a bus stop in PasadenaCredit: FOX11
Brianna Kupfer cops issue heartbreaking 911 call that led to the capture of murder suspect Shawn Lavall Smith

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Smith was arrested on WednesdayCredit: FOX11
Brianna Kupfer cops issue heartbreaking 911 call that led to the capture of murder suspect Shawn Lavall Smith

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Brianna was working at Croft House when she was murderedCredit: The Mega Agency

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