Friends and loved ones gather to mourn UCLA student killed in furniture store – Daily News

  • Friends of Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident who was found dead inside Croft House, gather for a memorial at the North La Brea Avenue store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The suspect has been arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Friends of Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident who was found dead inside Croft House, gather for a memorial at the North La Brea Avenue store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The suspect has been arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Friends of Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident who was found dead inside Croft House, gather for a memorial at the North La Brea Avenue store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The suspect has been arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A memorial for Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident who was found dead inside Croft House on North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, is seen Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The suspect was arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A young woman leaves a candle at the Brianna Kupfer memorial at Croft House on North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Kupfer was found dead at the store last week and the suspect was arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Friends of Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident who was found dead inside Croft House, gather for a memorial at the North La Brea Avenue store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The suspect has been arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Friends of Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident who was found dead inside Croft House, gather for a memorial at the North La Brea Avenue store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The suspect has been arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Friends of Pacific Palisades resident Brianna Kupfer who was found dead inside Croft House are reflected in the store window with her photo as they gather for a memorial on North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 20, 2022. The suspect was arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Dozens of friends and loved ones of Brianna Kupfer gathered at Croft House on Thursday, January 20 to commemorate the 24-year-old UCLA graduate student, who was fatally stabbed in the Hancock Park store where she worked.

Waves of people were crying, sharing memories and hugging outside the furniture store.

An impromptu memorial collection of flowers, handmade signs, candles and photos grew outside the North La Brea Avenue store, where a large photo of the Pacific Palisades resident hung on the window.

“May you rest in peace my sweet daughter,” read one of the handwritten notes left on the site.

Kupfer was found dead inside Croft House in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue last week.

Homicide suspect Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was arrested Wednesday after Pasadena police were notified by a caller of a possible sighting, PPD Lt. William Grisafe said.

LAPD Lt. John Radke said Tuesday that Kupfer was alone in the store when she was attacked.

“At 1:36 p.m. in the afternoon, Brianna was working in the store by herself,” Radke said. “She texted a friend to let her know there was someone inside the place giving her a bad vibe. Unfortunately, that person didn’t see the text immediately.

Her body was found in the store by a customer about 15 minutes after the text was sent.

Police said the attack appeared to be completely random and the suspect did not know the victim. The suspect was seen under video surveillance after the attack, walking north down the alley at the back of the crime scene.

The murder sparked a massive manhunt, with authorities offering $250,000 as a reward for information leading to Smith’s capture. Private donations have raised $200,000, while Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz on Tuesday asked fellow councilors to add $50,000 to the amount.

City News Service contributed to this report

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