Ivy League scholar Blaze Bernstein knifed 'over 20 occasions'

Blaze Bernstein was found in a shallow grave after going to

At the University Synagogue in Irvine on Monday, Rabbi Arnold Rachlis led more than 500 people in a tribute to Bernstein. After a weeklong search, his body was found January 9 on the outskirts of the park, in a shallow grave. A memorial of balloons and flowers, left, was placed on a table near the site.

Woodward, who was Bernstein's friend from high school, was taken into custody on suspicion of homicide after DNA evidence linked him to the death.

'We want them to post them, we want them to do whatever they can in Blaze's honor.

Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach is suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.

This Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 booking photo provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20.

The parents of Blaze Bernstein, the college student (above) found dead with 20 stab wounds while visiting home for the holidays in Southern California, say they believe their son's murder may have been an antigay hate crime. The murder weapon has not been found, according to reports.

A 16-page search warrant affidavit indicates Bernstein may have been planning to sexually pursue Woodward.

Bernstein's body was found in a park in Lake Forest, California not far from his family home on Tuesday.

Samuel Woodward [Photo: Police Handout]On Jan. 2, Woodward reportedly met Blaze in the parking lot at the Foothills Chase Hobby Lobby, where Blaze allegedly kissed him on the lips as they sat in Woodward's auto.

When questioned, Woodward insisted that Bernstein had walked off alone into the park. In the affidavit, the friend said he waited for an hour for Bernstein to return to the auto and then tried to reach him on Snapchat. At the time, he "could not recall" his girlfriend's last name or address he said he visited after dropping Bernstein off.

Woodward was arrested Friday after crime lab technicians determined that blood found on a sleeping bag in his possession belonged to Bernstein, the Register learned.

Woodward told authorities that the two former classmates had met to "hang out" and "catch up" after having a conversation on the social media app SnapChat.

Woodward is reported to be the friend who drove Bernstein to the park to meet up with another friend.

When he was asked about his attitudes to human cloning, Woodward wrote, "Just one of me in the world is already bad enough".

It was the only homicide reported in Lake Forest in the last four years.

Woodward told investigators Bernstein had kissed him on the lips the night of he disappeared and that Woodward had pushed him away.

The affidavit cited Woodward clenched his jaw and his fists, saying 'he wanted to tell Blaze to get off of him'.

Wells said Bernstein was "playful and kind hearted" while Woodward always "was drawing guns when prompted to draw our favorite things".

Per court documents, Woodward was known in high school to have conservative views.

Barnes said there were inconsistencies with Woodward's account of what happened.

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