Brianna Kupfer, a Pacific Palisades resident, was stabbed and killed on January 13 when she was working alone at Croft House, a Hancock Park boutique furniture store.
A suspect was caught and will be brought to justice, but the senseless tragedy has left the family struggling to understand how Brianna, 24, who was so full of life and love, was taken from them.
The family is planning an April 9 event, “Run for Brianna, Run for Love,” to celebrate what would have been Brianna’s 25th birthday.
“Everyone is welcomed to come hang out to honor Bri,” the family said. Participants are invited to run, walk, dance or do yoga from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brentwood School, 100 Barrington Place.
People are asked to RSVP/register by April 2 at briannafoundation.org in order to gain access to the campus.
To run or participate in a class is $50, or to come and support the fundraising event is $25. Runners and walkers are encouraged to seek sponsors. Raise $500 and you will receive a commemorative hat or tote or if you raise $1,000, you’ll receive both.
There will be food trucks, beverages, medical teams, security and free parking. Please bring sustainable water bottles and yoga mats.
Brianna’s family — dad Todd, mom Lori, brothers Brandon and Tucker and sister Mikaela — started the Brianna Kupfer Foundation in February.
“This foundation is meant to serve as a representation of the world Brianna deserved and wanted. We will be championing causes dear to Brianna, such as environmental and social justice issues, as well as honoring victims like Brianna through the protection of women and social betterment.”
“We believe that Brianna was and continues to be a guiding light of pure love and that with more love in this world, we can transform it into one she would be proud of. It starts with the family and with the community.”
Brianna grew up in the Palisades, attended St. Matthew’s and then Brentwood. She received a degree from University of Miami and was studying architectural design at UCLA when her life ended tragically.
She was interested in the environment and sustainability and was a member of the local nonprofit Resilient Palisades.
All money raised will go to the foundation, which will select community-based charities that support environmental issues, promote victim advocacy and fight violence against women.
“If we love each other and this earth as fiercely as Brianna did, we can mold this world into a better place,” the family wrote. “Hold your loved ones tight and live wild like Brianna would encourage you to live.”