Who is Shawn Laval Smith? Wikipedia, Bio, Age, Suspect, Brianna Kupfer Stabbing

Shawn Laval Smith

Shawn Laval Smith Wikipedia – Shawn Laval Smith Bio

Shawn Laval Smith is identified as the man who stabbed UCLA student Brianna Kupfer to death inside a high-end furniture store where she worked hours after offering a record-breaking $250,000 reward for information leading to the suspected killer.

Smith was considered armed and dangerous and “highly likely to be using public transportation,” the LAPD announced Tuesday.

Age

He is 31 years old.

Brianna Kupfer Stabbing

Kupfer, 24, was killed the afternoon of Jan. 13 in a random attack as she worked alone in the store at Croft House on North La Brea Ave., police said.

She had texted a friend to say someone came into the store and was “giving her a bad vibe,” LAPD Lt. John Radtke said at a news conference before the release of the suspect’s identity.

The killer then stabbed Kupfer in what cops said was “a random act of violence,” then left through the back door without taking anything, cops said. He was seen calmly walking down the street, according to cops.

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A would-be customer later found Kupfer dead. Police had released surveillance footage of the suspect and announced the large reward — a combination of municipal reward money and community donations.

Police Report

According to Sgt. David Rodriguz of the Covina Police Department, Smith was arrested on Oct. 27, 2020, at a Home Depot for the misdemeanour of receiving stolen property. Smith bought an item at the store, but employees stopped him after they found other things from the store in his possession, Rodriguez said.

Covina Police released Smith the same day without bail but cited him to appear back in court. However, Rodriguez said that the LA County District Attorney’s Office decided not to file any charges for that arrest.

According to Charleston County court records, Smith was charged for felony discharging a firearm on Nov. 14, 2019. He posted a $50,000 bond on Nov. 23, 2019. As part of his release, Smith was ordered not to contact victims or any family members of the victims and not verbally harass them on social media.

The grieving father said that police told him Smith should have been behind bars.

“I heard his rap sheet is much worse than that, but that tells you that somebody is not doing their job and there needs to be a change,” Kupfer said.

“We all recognize that this could have happened to be anybody’s child. It’s just senseless. My daughter was a completely innocent victim, and there was 100 per cent no provocation.

“This touched a really raw nerve. This needs to be a reminder for everyone to ask themselves, ‘Look, do we really want this kind of danger in our lives? What are we doing here?’ This has to change.”