Slaying of Blaze Bernstein in O.C. Might Be a Hate Crime, Parents Say as New Details Emerge

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The parents of slain college student Blaze Bernstein said it's possible their son was the victim of a hate crime after new details emerged about his killing.

Blaze Bernstein is seen in an undated photo shared by his family.

Blaze Bernstein is seen in an undated photo shared by his family.

A law enforcement source told The Times that Bernstein was found with more 20 stab wounds, inflicted by a former high school classmate. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he or she was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Samuel Woodward, 20, was arrested Friday on suspicion of the murder of Bernstein after DNA evidence at the crime scene in Borrego Park and inside his car tied him to the slaying, officials said.

Authorities have not revealed a motive for the slaying. But the source said Woodward has claimed Bernstein kissed him.

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