Student, 24, knifed to death by crazed customer while working at furniture shop

A graduate student has been fatally stabbed by a random attacker while working as a consultant at a high-end furniture store in Los Angeles.

Brianna Kupfer, 24, had been working alone at Croft House, which is on North La Brea Avenue in the Hancock Park area of the city, last Thursday when the maniac knifed her in the shocking incident.

The attacker – who detectives now believe to be a homeless man – then escaped through the back door before calmly walking down an alley, reports Fox 11.

LAPD officers responded to an emergency call after a customer found Brianna about 20 minutes later, at about 2pm. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said Brianna and the knifeman did not know each other, and the suspect was described as being a "random walk-in to the store”.

“There is no known motive at this time," the police said in a statement.

Brianna, who had attended the universities of Miami and Sydney, was studying architectural design at UCLA and working as a design consultant at Croft House.

Her dad told CBS that she was “loved by all”.

Dr Jennifer Botelho, who owns a chiropractic practice next to the furniture store, told CBS that the suspect had entered her practice just moments before the attack.

She said: “He came in and asked a couple of questions: ‘Do you do orthopaedics here?’ What kind of care we provide and then he left. So he was just here for a few minutes.

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“It’s terrifying. It’s horrible. She’s such a young girl… We feel so horrible for Brianna’s family, and hope we can catch this guy.”

Brianna leaves behind her mother, her father, brothers Brandon and Tucker and a sister, Mikaela.

Cops described the suspect as a tall, thin black man wearing a dark hoodie, sunglasses and a white mask.

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