LA Times LogoAnh Do, Hailey Branson-Potts, Sonali Kohli and Richard Winton | They both went to high school at the elite Orange County School of the Arts, but the classmates weren’t particularly close.

Blaze Bernstein, home on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania, messaged with Samuel Woodward on Snapchat. On Jan. 2, Woodward drove over and picked him up.

Bernstein’s family would never see him again.



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