Police say murdered Jewish student Blaze Bernstein stabbed over 20 times

Lucy Bush
January 17, 2018

"Let's get him home!" actor Jeremy Piven tweeted Tuesday, the same day authorities found Bernstein's body.

Authorities searched for Bernstein for almost a week with assistance from drone pilots and found his body January 9 after recent rains partially exposed it. A memorial of balloons and flowers, left, was placed on a table near the site.

Following the arrest, Bernsteins family posted a public message on a Facebook page that had been dedicated to finding him and now is dedicated to remembering him. According to the Register, they attended the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California.

Witnesses said he was last seen at approximately 11 p.m the night before, entering Borrego Park in Foothill Ranch with a friend.

Orange County officials say 20-year-old Samuel Lincoln Woodward of Newport Beach was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder.

Gideon and Jeanne Bernstein parents of Blaze Bernstein during a news conference in Lake Forest
Gideon and Jeanne Bernstein parents of Blaze Bernstein during a news conference in Lake Forest

A poster with the photo of Blaze Bernstein was on display at a press conference at the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Lake Forest on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 to announce that a body discovered in Borrego Park has been identified as missing teen Blaze Bernstein.

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Authorities say a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found buried in a shallow grave at a California park had been stabbed more than 20 times.

There is no obvious motive behind the incident and no weapon has been found.

The Orange County Register reports that authorities are investigating whether the killing was an act of rage.

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Blaze Bernstein was on winter break and visiting his parents in Lake Forest when they proudly explained that his namesake was Blaise Pascal, the 17-century child prodigy who went on to become a mathematician, inventor and master of prose.

According to Woodward, he left Bernstein at the park while he went to meet his girlfriend.

He told investigators that he returned to the park to look for Bernstein hours later. At the time, he "could not recall" his girlfriend's last name or address he said he visited after dropping Bernstein off.

KCAL's Stacey Butler found some interesting things about the suspect via his social media accounts.

Bernstein texted two female friends about a June interaction with Woodward, according to the affidavit.

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When he was asked about his attitudes to human cloning, Woodward wrote, "Just one of me in the world is already bad enough".

The 20-year-old told authorities that he and Bernstein had driven to a Hobby Lobby store parking lot to catch up on the night of January 2, and then Bernstein left the vehicle and walked off into Borrego Park on by himself, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Orange County Register, Woodward said that he waited for an hour, tried to contact his former classmate on SnapChat and left.

Per court documents, Woodward was known in high school to have conservative views.

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