Friend arrested in UPenn student’s death made disturbing comments online, acted nervous during arrest, report says


Blaze Bernstein, right, went to the park with high school friend Samuel Woodward on Jan. 2, authorities said. Woodward was arrested in Bernstein’s death on Friday. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department / Associated Press)

A high school friend accused of killing a University of Pennsylvania student and dumping his body at a California park previously made “violent” comments online and defended the Confederate flag, a report said.

Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, who was the last person to see Blaze Bernstein, 19, alive, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of murder, Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes said. Woodward appeared nervous while he was questioned about Bernstein’s disappearance and had scratched hands and dirt under his fingernails. He

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Suspect arrested for alleged murder of UPenn student, mom says ‘revenge is empty’


A suspect was named in the alleged murder of 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein — initially missing before he was found dead in a shallow grave on the fringe of a Southern California park this week, the police and prosecutors in Orange County said.

Samuel Woodward, 20, a high school classmate of Bernstein’s, was brought into custody Friday afternoon during a traffic stop and charged with suspicion of homicide in the death of the teenager.

PHOTO: Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach is suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.Orange County Sheriffs Department/Twitter
Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach is suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.

Bernstein was visiting home for winter break from Penn when he went missing on Jan. 2.

His corpse was found Tuesday in what Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes described on Friday as “a shallow grave in the brush on the outer perimeter” of Borrego Park near the victim’s Foothill Ranch home.

Barnes refused to discuss what murder weapon was allegedly used.

He also wouldn’t reveal Woodward’s alleged motive or the condition of Bernstein’s body.

But he did say

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