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After speaking about her good friend Denise Bressler Robbie Kennedy sits with her words during GFWC Covina Woman's Club Domestic Violence Action Coalition's memorial Thursday night, November 13, 2014 honoring Denise and Larry Bressler who were fatally stabbed on October 13.
Larry Bressler worked as the general manager of the Chefs Center in Pasadena and taught at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News) So the tragedy was all the more compounded when the civic-minded 64-year-old and her husband, 51-year-old chef Larry Bressler, became the victims of fatal stabbings on Oct. 13 at their Pasadena home, allegedly at the hands of Larry Bresslers 29-year-old cousin, whom the couple had recently taken in. Larry Bressler served as the manager of the Chefs Center in Pasadena, as well as an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. One month ago today, Denise and Larry Bressler lost their lives, Covina Womans Club member and DVAC co-founder Alice Slaughter said. Chef Jeffrey Platt of Le Cordon Bleu shared memories of Larry. Larry Bressler was my mentor, my chef, Platt said. Chef Bressler was the kind of guy who would do anything in the world for you. One of the most difficult aspects of the slayings to reconcile with is that Larry and Denise were allegedly killed by Larrys cousin, whom the couple had opened their home to and was trying to help. Friends and city officials urged mourners to honor the memories of Larry and Denise Bressler by continuing their mission to help their community and take a stand against domestic and family violence.
Prosecutors earlier charged Bersson with the Oct. 13 murders of his second cousin, Larry Bressler, and Bresslers wife, Denise.
Larry Bressler worked as the general manager at the Chefs Center in Pasadena. Denise Bressler continued to support the students at the Riverside City College Culinary Academy long after Larry Bressler stopped working there, by playing piano at their fund-raising dinners and driving all the way from Pasadena to help, said Jennifer Nickel.
To the right is a painting by Bob Bressler of his son Larry Bressler.
PASADENA >> Family and friends gathered Sunday to grieve and recall the legacies and influence of prominent Pasadena chef Larry Bressler and his wife, Denise, who were slain in their apartment two weeks ago. Their commitment and dedication to their work and community service will live on at the Chefs Center of California in Pasadena, where Larry Bressler served as general manager; at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, where the chef taught for the past 11 years; and throughout Pasadena, where both he and his wife were active community members, loved ones said during the memorial at the Chefs Center. At the Chefs Center, Larry Bressler helped fledgling businesses get their dreams off the ground, said those who rented space in the commercial kitchen complex. At Le Cordon Bleu, he instilled his passion for cooking on the next generation of chefs, according to his students. At the time of his calling, I can share with you that Larry was one of the most courageous men that I have ever had the privilege of knowing, Sanchez said. It was Larry Bressler who called 9-1-1 to report he and his wife had been stabbed, providing important information that led to the capture of their alleged killer. Despite his wounds, Larry wasnt concerned about his own welfare. Larry was concerned about his wife, Sanchez said. Information provided by Larry Bressler helped police arrest the suspect, Jacob Mallory Bersson, 29, about a block away from the Bresslers Madison Avenue apartment.
Jacob Bersson has been charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances of using a dangerous and deadly weapon in the deaths of Larry Bressler, 50, and his wife Denise, 64.
Larry Bressler was the director of operations at the Chef's Center of California, a commercial kitchen rental space on San Gabriel Boulevard, just north of Colorado Boulevard. He also taught at Le Cordon Bleu for 11 years.
Chefs Center general manager Larry Bressler, wife fatally stabbed in Pasadena