20-year-old Southern California man, Samuel Woodward, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of a former high school classmate. 19-year-old Ivy League student Blaze Bernstein was reportedly stabbed more than 20 times. His body was found in a park earlier this month, one week after he disappeared.
Bernstein had been on a break from the University of Pennsylvania, visiting his parents. Prosecutors say Samuel Woodward picked up Bernstein at his parent’s home back on January 2 after the two communicated on Snapchat.
Bernstein’s parents reported him missing the next day and one week later his body was found in a shallow grave in a park. Investigators say Woodward had scratches and dirt on his hands. While under surveillance, he returned to the crime scene and also cleaned his vehicle.
He was arrested Friday. Police say no weapon has been found and they are still trying to determine a motive in the case, but according to an affidavit obtained by the Orange County Register, Woodward told investigators he became angry after Bernstein, who was gay, kissed him the night he disappeared.