Brianna Kupfer: Slain UCLA grad's furious father blames politicians for crime spike in LA
The devastated father of a UCLA grad student, Brianna Kupfer, who was stabbed to death while working in a high-end LA furniture store is slamming politicians for ignoring the spike in violent crime. The 24-year-old woman was murdered when a male suspect, who is believed to be homeless, stabbed her in Croft House around 1:50 pm and then fled through the back door of the store.
"We have a lot of politicians that somehow forgot about people and think the key to getting elected is to support the lowest rung of our society and to give them rights and somehow that's the answer to getting votes," said Todd Kupfer, father of Brianna Kupfer.
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The architectural design student from Pacific Palisades was discovered 20 minutes later by a customer. She was declared dead at the scene by the paramedics. The LAPD believe that the suspect did not know the victim. As per the surveillance video, the suspect was wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses, a white N-95 mask, and carrying a dark backpack.
"Crime is truly spiking, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets that shouldn't be out," Kupfer's father told Fox News. He said his daughter had been working as design consultant at Croft House, which is popular with celebrities like Mandy Moore, as per the Architectural Digest.
"She was a kind soul and always was trying to make herself better and everything around her better," said Todd Kupfer. "She cared about people."
The murder comes amid a huge crime spike in Los Angeles, with homicides alone rising 52 per cent last year from 2019, and shooting incidents were up 59 per cent, according to LAPD data.
Todd Kupfer said that politicians are ignoring this spike in violent crime. "We need to champion [my daughter] as a beacon of what's wrong and make sure that people recognize that – because it could be their children next, and it's just an impossible price to pay," he added.
Los Angeles County District Attorney, George Gascón is under fire for failing to crack down on the recent spike in violence. Gascon won last year due to his promises of criminal justice reforms. Gascon in an interview commented on rising crime rates: "The reality is that we go through these cycles, and we go through the cycles for a variety of reasons … In many ways we cannot prosecute our way out of social inequalities, income inequalities, the unhoused, the desperation that we have."