The LAPD have launched new photographs of the person suspected of killing UCLA grad pupil Brianna Kupfer and introduced a reward for his seize had elevated to greater than $250,000.
A $50,000 reward put up by the town of Los Angeles had swelled with donations from personal teams and people, police revealed at a press convention on Tuesday.
Ms Kupfer, 24, was stabbed to dying whereas working alone at Croft Home furnishings retailer within the suburb of Hancock Park final Thursday afternoon.
Police additionally revealed Ms Kupfer texted a pal to say a buyer was “giving her a foul vibe” simply earlier than her homicide.
We’re awaiting @LAPDHQ press convention concerning final Thursday’s homicide of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer whereas she was at work at a Hancock Park furnishings retailer. Right here’s a brand new picture of the suspect, $50,000 reward supplied @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/ySioifNVdr
— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) January 18, 2022
They revealed the homicide weapon was a knife, and that that they had unspecified intelligence to counsel the suspect is a homeless man.
LAPD police chief Michael Moore mentioned the suspect visited a number of companies on the identical neighbourhood the place Ms Kupfer was working previous to her dying.
“This particular person chargeable for this vicious, mindless and brutal crime, walks amongst us, I’m satisfied that.”
He mentioned hundreds of individuals would have been within the space and probably seen the suspect across the time of the killing.
Mr Moore mentioned the suspect had a tall, slim stature, was carrying a backpack and facemask, and had a particular look that might have been seen by members of the general public.
Los Angeles council member Paul Koretz learn a press release from the Kupfer household which mentioned: “Brianna, who was born, educated and was constructing her profession right here in Los Angeles, was a rising star on this neighborhood whose ascent was unnecessarily reduce quick by the actions of a heartless felony final Thursday.
“In some ways she embodied all the things that was nice about Los Angeles and the complete metropolis ought to grieve over this mindless act.
“Brianna was a wise, pushed, humorous and type soul who solely wished to higher herself and her neighborhood each day.
“Whereas she could possibly be shy at occasions, she lit up any room she was in, and strove to raise everybody she met so that they could possibly be higher variations of themselves.
“She deeply liked her familyand buddies, and made daily higher just by her presence.
“We’ll miss her vastly, and there gained’t be a day that goes by that we don’t consider her.”
The household thanked members of the Westside neighborhood who donated $200,000 to serving to to search out Ms Kupfer’s killer, and expressed the hope that he could be apprehended and convicted.
“Please take the time to hug and cherish your loved ones in the present day, as Brianna would have wished, and in her eternal reminiscence, work on the grassroots stage to make our communities higher on a regular basis.”
Mr Koretz added that he had sought the $50,000 reward from the town on Thursday morning.
“This horrible homicide is an assault on our lifestyle, our civil society and our neighbourhood,” he mentioned.