Crime & Justice

Parents of killed college student not focused on motive

This image provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows Blaze Bernstein, the 19-year-old college student who was found dead at a park while on winter break from his studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
This image provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows Blaze Bernstein, the 19-year-old college student who was found dead at a park while on winter break from his studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Orange County Sheriff's Department

The parents of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park say they're not focused on potential motives for the killing or any suggestions their son was attacked because he was gay.

A former high school classmate is charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein. Twenty-year-old Samuel Woodward appeared in court Wednesday but did not enter a plea.

On NBC's "Today" show Thursday, Gideon and Jeanne Bernstein wouldn't elaborate on previous comments that the killing may have been a hate crime. Jeanne said she just wants a fair trial. Prosecutors have said they're looking into possible hate crime allegations.

Jeanne Bernstein told the Los Angeles Times that they learned Blaze had left the house Jan. 2 by accessing his social media account.