“Last month I attended the vigil in honor of Brianna Kupfer, the 24-year-old [woman] who was stabbed to death while working alone at the Croft House furniture store on La Brea Avenue.
I live near the store and her tragedy lingers. Could we have prevented her murder?
We have since learned that the suspect, Shawn Laval Smith, was no stranger to law enforcement. He has a long rap sheet with more than a dozen charges over the past decade, including recent arrests in Daly City in 2021 and Covina in 2020. At the time of Brianna’s stabbing, Smith was out on bond from a South Carolina arrest and agreed not to leave the state.”
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