Suspect Arrested in Murder of UPenn Student Blaze Bernstein

Suspect Arrested in Murder of UPenn Student Blaze Bernstein

He had been under surveillance, and a mile and a half into his drive, he was stopped and apprehended. He had been in Orange County on winter break.

DNA evidence connected Woodward to Bernstein's death, said Undersheriff Don Barnes.

Mourners comfort each other as they join more than 300 people in Borrego Park in Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 for a candlelight vigil for Blaze Bernstein. They drove to the park, and then at some point, Woodward said Bernstein then walked alone into the darkness.

"With his death, a handsome light has been extinguished and we encourage you to continue to shine his light, through acts of loving kindness", the Bernstein family said in a statement read by their attorney. "I can not imagine the grief they must now face". Barnes declined to describe their relationship, how Bernstein died or offer a possible motive for the death.

In announcing the arrest, investigators did not immediately identify the individual in custody. Woodward was reportedly one of Bernstein's friends and the pair attended high school together, authorities said in a Friday press conference. When news of the arrest came out, Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, the victim's mother, responded to ABC7 reporter Greg Lee with a statement.

"Finally", Bernstein's mom tweeted.

"Nothing will bring back my son so we ask the world to please honor Blaze's memory by doing an act of kindness today - don't wait - do it now", the grieving mom told the Los Angeles Times. My only hopes are that he will never have the opportunity to hurt anyone else again and that something meaningful can come from the senseless act of Blaze's murder.

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'Now Do Good for Blaze Bernstein'.

The friend told detectives he dropped off Bernstein in a Foothill Ranch park shortly before midnight January 2. Bernstein's body was found Tuesday in a shallow grave in the brush surrounding the park, police said. Bernstein didn't respond to messages, so the friend said he left and went to a girlfriend's house, then returned to the park later. Investigators have been unable to confirm whether there was a third person at the park.

Investigators were first led to Woodward as a person of interest through his SnapChat conversation with Bernstein.

At one point, Woodward opened the doors to his rental auto and allowed two detectives to look inside, according to the affidavit. Officials also saw that the friend had several cuts and scratches, but he claimed they stemmed from a "fight club" he was involved in. The friend said he could not recall the girlfriend's last name or address.

"On their way out of Sheriff's Headquarters, (investigators) noticed every door (the friend) had to touch on the way out of the building he pulled his jacket over his hand to prevent his hand and fingers from touching any part of the doors he touched", the affidavit stated, according to the report.

"With his death a attractive light has been extinguished".

"With his death, a lovely light has been extinguished and we encourage you to continue to shine his light, through acts of loving kindness", the family said in a statement read by attorney Annee Della Donna.

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