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A bystander who witnessed a man violently stabbing a woman outside a school got into his car and mowed down the killer.

Wafah Chkaifi, 43, was fatally stabbed by her ex-boyfriend Leon McCaskre, 41, moments after she dropped off her two children at school on Monday morning.

The horrific incident happened at 9 a.m. at a school in Maida Vale, West London.

Another parent who witnessed the stabbing got into his car and mowed down McCaskre near the school.

Police arrested the driver, a 26-year-old man, on suspicion of murder but he has since posted bond.

Heartbroken family members called the driver a "hero" for attempting to intervene and save Chkaifi, who filed for a restraining order after years of abuse.

"The man who killed my sister is a demon. The man who killed him is a hero. He deserves a medal from the queen," a family member told The Sun UK newspaper.

"There is no way he should go through the justice system for what he did. He tried to help her and for my sister and our family he is a hero."

The family member said McCaskre had a court date for violating a restraining order against him.

"He was supposed to be in court last week for breaching a stalking order but didn't show up. My sister even has a panic alarm in her flat to protect herself from him. The police are aware of his past but this still happened. He was a demon. He was a monster but the driver is a hero. He saw what was happening and tried to stop it. I want to say thank you again."

Her son added: "Everyone who knew my mum knows she was a good woman. She didn't deserve this. Keep her in your prayers."

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Update: Los Angeles police have identified Brianna Kupfer's killer as 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith.

Smith is still at large and police say he is armed and dangerous and "highly likely to be using public transportation."

He is described as a Black male, 6-3, 190 pounds.

The NY Post reports Smith was released from jail on $1,000 in October of 2020 on a misdemeanor charge.

Police named the suspect on Tuesday night, hours after a record-breaking $250,000 reward was offered for information leading to his capture.
 
Originally published on Jan. 18, 2022:

Authorities announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who fatally stabbed UCLA student Brianna Kupfer.

$200,000 of the $250,000 reward was raised by donors.

Brianna, 24, was attacked while she worked alone at furniture store Croft House in the upscale Fairfax neighborhood on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Police say the suspect walked into the store and stabbed Brianna around 1:50 p.m. before leaving through the back door.

A customer found Brianna lying in a pool of blood about 20 minutes later. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Brianna's grieving father, Todd Kupfer slammed liberal politicians for giving the streets back to the criminals.

"I blame what's endemic in our society right now, is that everybody seems to be oriented on giving back rights and bestowing favor on people that rob others of their rights," Todd Kupfer told Fox News.

At a press conference on Tuesday, LAPD Lt. John Radke revealed Brianna had texted a friend to say someone in the store was "giving her a bad vibe".

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Authorities released surveillance footage of the suspect -- believed to be a homeless man -- seen calmly leaving the furniture store.

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The same suspect is seen buying a vape pen at 7-Eleven about 30 minutes after the murder. He wore a black hoodie, black jogging pants and carried a black backpack.

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Croft House was still closed on Tuesday. Mourners left dozens of flowers on the sidewalk in front of the store. A display inside the storefront window included candles and more flowers around a portrait of Brianna.

Riley Rea, co-owner of Croft House, told the LA Times that Brianna was beloved by her coworkers.

"She was mature beyond her years."
 

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The Northumberland County Sheriff's Office said a body matching the description of 28-year-old Ahrea'l Smith was found by a road crew on Tuesday, NBC12 reports.

Smith, a store clerk, was last seen leaving work at the Claraville Little Sue Food Store in Heathsville on Jan. 12.

A Virginia man was taken into custody and charged with Smith's abduction a week after she was last seen.

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Tyrone N. Samuel, 50, was charged Saturday in Smith's abduction. He is being held without bond and more charges are expected.

Police say Smith was alone when she closed up the shop. Surveillance cameras show her leaving the store at 9:05 p.m. and starting her car.

She returned to the store and went back outside again at 9:18 p.m. and got into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was located and is not considered a suspect in her disappearance.

Smith went back inside the store, turned on the alarm and locked the door. She was last seen taking a trash bag to the dumpster on the east side of the building where there are no cameras.

A clerk arriving to open the store the next morning found Smith's car still running in the parking lot. Smith was nowhere to be found.

Virginia State Police brought in a K-9 dog that tracked her scent from the dumpsters to nearby Walnut Point Road before it ended.

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Smith's grieving sister, Lydia, told News Nation she last talked to her sister on Saturday, Jan. 8. She said calls to Smith's phone go directly to voicemail.

Lydia said her sister had expressed concern that someone at the store made her feel "uncomfortable".

She said Smith didn't know Samuel, the man charged with her abduction.
 

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Fairfax, Virginia police have named 35-year-old Anthony Eugene Robinson of Washington, D.C., as the alleged shopping cart serial killer.

The announcement was made at an afternoon press conference on Friday, after four bodies of women were found discarded in wooded areas around Fairfax.

Police say Robinson met his victims on dating apps. He reportedly used Target shopping carts to transport the bodies of his female victims to his favorite dumping ground after killing them.

"We're here today to talk about a serial killer — and that is a phrase that I've used sparingly in my three decades in this profession," said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis.

Police found the most recent body on December 15. She was identified as Cheyenne Brown, 29. Harrisonburg Police reported two missing women were found dead on Nov. 23. They were identified as 54-year-old Allene Elizabeth "Beth" Redmon and 39-year-old Tonita Lorice Smith.

One other female victim is unidentified.

"The reason why we're not waiting to share this information -- waiting until we get positive 100% DNA or dental verification -- is because we believe that there may be other victims in the area and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. And we need to act now," Davis said.
 
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Fairfax County police are asking women to be diligent and mindful of their surroundings, as they suspect a serial killer is at large in the area.

WJLA reports a possible serial killer is stalking women in Virginia. Four bodies have been found in isolated areas of Fairfax County since August.

The bodies of four women, ages 35 - 54, have been found in the Commonwealth since August, police say.

Police said the most recent body was found Wednesday in a wooded area near the 2400 block of Fairhaven Avenue. The remains were in a container near a Target shopping cart, police said.

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A photo of the Target shopping cart was released to the public Friday. The shopping cart was located in a wooded area in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.

Chief Kevin Davis, Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner and Maj. Ed O'Carroll of the Major Crimes Unit will hold a press conference to release more details at 1:15 p.m. Friday.

Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington DC was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two felony counts of concealing, transporting or altering a dead body in the homicides of two women in November, WJLA reported.

Robinson was already in jail without bond when the most recent body was found this week.

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Jonshel Alexander, the other child actress in the award-winning movie Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), was shot and killed in Louisiana. She was 22.

Police say Alexander and a man were shot while sitting in a car in New Orleans on Saturday.

The unidentified male victim drove himself to a hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Johnsel Alexander leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter, CBS affiliate WWLTV reports.

At age 12, Alexander was too old for the role of 6-year-old Hushpuppy that went to Quvenzhane Wallis.

Beasts of the Southern Wild was nominated for four Oscars, including the best actress nomination for Wallis. The low budget movie was filmed on location in Alexander's native Louisiana.

Director Benh Zeitlin was charmed by Alexander who, like Wallis, had never acted before.

Zeitlin described Alexander as an "absolute one-of-a-kind, unforgettable, force-of-nature human being."

He was "devastated" to learn of her death and has been in touch with her family.

Police posted photos of a masked Black male and the maroon pickup truck they believe he was in.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 504-658-5300 or anonymously call Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans Inc. at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-7867.
 

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Two gunmen chased a 14-year-old boy and shot him 18 times while he stood on a corner waiting for a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia on Monday.

Police say Samir Jefferson was standing on the corner of Sun and Wyoming avenues in the Feltonville neighborhood around 3:30 p.m. when a car pulled up and the gunmen stepped out and approached him.

The gunmen chased the boy -- firing 36 shots and hitting him 18 times.

"A car load, possibly one or two cars, pull up," said Chief Inspector Scott Small. "At least two males get out, and they start shooting and chasing this victim and the victim runs about a block east on Wyoming."

Samir was pronounced dead at 4 p.m. at Temple University Hospital.

The suspects fled in the vehicle which was stopped by police at the intersection of 5th Street and Somerville Avenue. Three suspects -- two men and a woman -- were taken into custody.

Police markers covered dozens of spent shell casings in the street outside a Rite Aid pharmacy and large caliber bullet holes dotted a wall of the pharmacy.

Multiple news outlets filmed CSI officers collecting evidence at the scene.

"Earlier today, we lost another young life to senseless gun violence--the fourth since yesterday," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. "My heart grieves for the victims, their families, and this city."

Samir's murder occurred a day after a 16-year-old boy was shot eight times in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia has recorded at least 508 homicides so far this year, making 2021 the deadliest year in the city's history.

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Officials in Lubbock, Texas have not charged a married man who fatally shot his mistress' ex-husband during a child custody dispute.

Chad Read's widow Jennifer Read released cell phone footage of the verbal altercation that led to Read's fatal shooting.

In the video, 54-year-old father Chad Read is seen arguing with his ex-wife Christina Read's new boyfriend Kyle Carruth.

Carruth is heard telling Read to "get off my property."

Read was there to pick up a son he had with ex-wife Christina Read.

At one point, Carruth went inside the house to retrieve a rifle while Read continued arguing with Christina Read outside.

"Where's my son at? I'll go get him. I'm supposed to have him at 3:15," Chad Read is heard telling Christina Read. "And you're playing games telling me that I can pick him up at six? I've already got the cops on the way to your mom's house... Because that's probably where he is."

Then, Carruth emerged from the house with the rifle and the two men briefly argued on the front porch.

Carruth fired a warning shot at Read's feet before firing two shots into Read's chest, killing him.

According to Jennifer Read, Carruth was angry that Read threatened to expose his extramarital affair to his wife, Judge Ann-Marie Carruth whose jurisdiction is the 72nd District Court in Crosby and Lubbock counties.

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Through her attorney, Jennifer Read released a statement along with her cell phone footage.

In an affidavit, Jennifer Read accused Christina Read and Kyle Carruth of engaging "in a conspiracy" to murder Chad Read to silence him.

In a Facebook post, Jennifer Read wrote:

"Please share. Make this go viral. Does this look like a man in fear of his life or the life of others? Look at that smile. He is a cold blooded murderer."

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Accompanying her post is an image from her cell phone footage that shows Carruth smiling at Read before killing him.

Carruth's attorney claims he shot Read in self-defense.

CAUTION: The video contains graphic violence that may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

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A suspect has been charged in the murder of a Wheeling, Illinois mother whose 1-year-old daughter was found dead in a pond in Indiana.

Ahmeel Fowler, 26, of Pingree Grove, was arrested Wednesday evening in Springfield, Missouri at the request of Wheeling authorities.

Fowler is charged in the murder of 21-year-old Ja'nya Murphy, whose body was found in her Wheeling apartment on Tuesday night. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs, was not in the apartment.

Murphy's cause of death is strangulation, according to Wheeling police.

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Police believed Jaclyn was in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan with Illinois license plates. The minivan was found abandoned in western Missouri.

Divers recovered Jaclyn's body in a retention pond in Hammond, Indiana on Thursday, according to authorities. A construction crew spotted the body floating in the pond and called 911.

The fire department responded to the 911 call, "and they went immediately into the water and recovered the body," Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said.

Fowler has not been charged in Jaclyn's death.

Wheeling police said Fowler was in a "previous relationship with Ms. Murphy" but he is not Jaclyn's father.

Police say a man identified as Fowler was last seen with Murphy and Jaclyn at a shopping mall on Monday, Nov. 8.

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A vehicle connected to missing 1-year-old Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs was found abandoned in Missouri, 2 days after her mother was murdered.

The toddler was reported missing Tuesday, Nov. 9, after police discovered the body of 21-year-old Ja'nya Murphy in her Wheeling, Illinois apartment.

Police conducted a welfare check on Murphy after she failed to show up to work Tuesday or contact her family. The family said they last heard from Murphy on Monday.

Murphy's body was discovered late Tuesday night when officers climbed onto a balcony and entered her home at the Hunt Club Apartments at 356 Inland Drive.

There was no sign of forced entry, and Murphy's 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn, was missing, according to Deputy Police Chief Al Steffen.

Police believe Murphy was targeted and her murder is not a random crime.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for Jaclyn. She was believed to be in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The SUV was found abandoned in Missouri, but the toddler was not in the vehicle, police said.
 

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A Philadelphia man is charged with fatally shooting his stepfather over the sexual orientation of a guest in his mother's home.

Christian A. Smith, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the murder of 43-year-old Dennis McKenzie earlier this month.

Smith was staying temporarily at the South Jersey home of his mother and stepfather when the incident occurred.

According to the prosecutor's office, Smith objected to an LGBT+ man visiting the home for a celebration.

"He made it known to his stepfather that he did not approve of that person coming into their house," assistant prosecutor Dana Anton said, according to NJ.com.

"The stepfather took a swing at Mr. Smith and, I believe, maybe superficially hit him," the prosecutor said. Smith reportedly produced a gun from his waistband and fired three times.

The victim was hit twice — once in the head, and once in the body — and died at the scene.

"This argument that proceeded the murder, it started over an act of bias and an act of bias intimidation where he is using a slur about somebody's sexual orientation," Prosecutor Anton said.

Smith's public defender, Katherine Constantine Blinn, claimed the shooting was an accident.

"You can't accidentally shoot somebody three times," Anton said.

Smith is due in court on Dec. 2 for a pre-indictment hearing.