A 24-year-old worker at a high-end furniture store in Los Angeles was stabbed to death inside the store on Thursday in what authorities called a random attack.
Officers responded at around 1.50pm to a radio call about an assault with a deadly weapon at the Croft House on the city’s busy North La Brea Avenue. They were met by a customer who entered the store and found Brianna Kupfer dead on the floor, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
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Investigators said she was alone inside the business when a homeless man attacked her with a knife and fled into an alley.
Investigators determined that Kupfer did not know his attacker. No motive for the murder has been determined and no arrests have been made.
Kupfer was a graduate student in architectural design at the University of California, Los Angeles, authorities told FOX 11 of Los Angeles.
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“I was just hoping to visit the store and I can’t believe the news is so terrible it’s so upsetting. I’ve sent her several emails, she’s a good salesperson. It’s really upsetting “said Lisa Finkenstaedt, a New Yorker. Interior designer who often works with Croft House, told the outlet.
An Instagram post on the Croft House account said its showroom would be closed until further notice to allow “members of our team to mourn and process this unthinkable tragedy and for law enforcement to complete their investigation”.
The attack happened the same day an ER nurse was punched outside Union Station in Los Angeles. The nurse was hospitalized in critical condition while a homeless man with a criminal record was taken into custody, authorities said.