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An autopsy has revealed Brianna Kupfer, a UCLA graduate 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 revealed numerous wounds on Kupfer’s body, including 11 stab wounds to the chest, five to the left arm, three to the left leg and one to the pelvis, the New York Post reported. His body also had two stab wounds each in his abdomen, right leg, and right arm.
Police said Smith fled the scene after the attack. He was later arrested and faces murder charges.
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Fox News has learned that the criminal charges have been stayed as the district attorney’s office awaits the results of the mental health evaluation of Smith, which was initiated by his legal defense.
Smith has a long criminal history, including firearms charges. He also assaulted a police officer before.
Kupfer had worked at the high-end furniture store for about a year before his murder, his father, Todd Kupfer, told Fox News.
At a press conference in January, the Los Angeles Police Department described the January 13 attack as “random.”
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LAPD Lt. John Radtke said Smith initially hovered around the store for a few minutes before leaving. Smith reportedly returned a short time later, entered the store, and fatally stabbed Kupfer.
Radtke also said at the press conference that Kupfer noticed Smith’s unusual activity and texted a friend that there was a creepy man outside the store moments before she walked away. be stabbed to death.
“She texted a friend to let her know there was someone inside giving her a bad vibe,” he said. “Unfortunately, this person did not see the text immediately.”
The friend said he saw the message about 15 minutes later, although police say Kupfer was killed within 10 minutes of sending it.
Radtke said a customer later found Kupfer “lying on the floor, lifeless, covered in blood.”
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Kupfer was pursuing graduate studies in interior design at UCLA at the time of her murder, her father said.
“In many ways, [Brianna] embodied all that is great about Los Angeles, and the whole city should mourn this senseless act,” the family said. “Brianna was a smart, funny, driven, kind soul who just wanted to better herself and her community every day. . base.”
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Prior to UCLA, Kupfer attended Brentwood High School and graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.
Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.