UPDATE: Authorities have arrested 27-year-old John Lee Cowell in connection to the stabbing death of Nia Wilson. The suspect was apprehended just one day after the incident after he boarded an Antioch bound train in Oakland, according to the SF Chronicle.
A community is mourning after 18-year-old Oakland resident Nia Wilson was brutally killed while riding the train Sunday night with her sister, Letifah Wilson. The tragedy occurred around 9:45pm PST at the MacArthur Station stop on the BART line.
Lone survivor, Letifah, explained the bone-chilling moments after the attack to ABC 7 News.
“I looked back, and he was wiping off his knife and stood at the stairs and just looked — and from there on, I was just caring for my sister. I was in shock. … I didn’t know I was cut because I was paying more attention to my sister. But he just stood there, like it was nothing.”
Agency spokesperson Jim Allison told press the injured sibling was taken to the hospital and treated. The suspect, John Cowell, was on the loose for 24 hours before being apprehended by police.
While the official motive for the attack is unknown, some social media users are calling the tragedy race-motivated violence.
Nia’s father spoke out in grief about the devastating moment he saw his daughter’s lifeless body at the station. “I want justice for my daughter,” he cried.
Friends and family gathered at the station late Sunday night after the incident to mourn the life of the Oakland High student. Her cousin, Ebony Monroe, eulogized her late family member, describing Nia as a “beautiful, sweet person.”
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Rest In Peace #NiaWilson. This beautiful 18 year old was murdered last night in Oakland. Repost @shaunking with @get_repost ・・・ #NiaWilson Her name needs to be the #1 trending topic in the country & a national manhunt needs to be underway for her killer. She was a kid. The 25-30 y/o white man who murdered her & critically injured her sister walked up to them both & began slashing them w/ a knife.
“She needs her justice … she was just an innocent kid, and she didn’t deserve this.” Monroe said. “And he did this for no reason.”
SOURCE: SF CHRONICLE