16-year old girl Eliza Wasni has become talk of the tow. The Chicago teen has been charged of stabbing and killing a 34-year old man after hailing his cab from close to Walmart. Authorities claim that the young girl had stolen a machete and a knife from Walmart and left the retail store without paying for the two articles.
The girl has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder of Uber driver Grant Nelson on May 30. The news has shocked the entire Lincolnwood neighborhood of Chicago,
The girl who was brought to the court for the first hearing in the court kept her gaze fixated to the floor and didn’t utter a word, except her name when asked. The prosecutor said that the girl had killed the Uber driver without any sort of prosecution.
Meanwhile a Cook County judge ordered that Eliza Wasni be held without bail in the killing of Grant Nelson of Wilmette. While describing the murder, the prosecutors called it “heinous” and “not provoked in any manner.”
While detailing the incident, the prosecutors said Nelson, 34, had picked up Wasni early Tuesday a few blocks from a Walmart in Skokie and, minutes into the ride, near the corner of Touhy and Lincoln avenues in Lincolnwood, she began stabbing him. He managed to pull over his Hyundai and run to a nearby condominium building lobby, where he pushed buzzers and yelled, “Help me, help me. I’m going to die,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Cunningham said.
Reports suggest that Nelson who was badly injured and bleeding from deep wounds and cuts was crying for help. He was heard yelling “Help me,” “Help me, I’m going to die.” Prosecutor told the court that the girl tried to get away from the spot by trying to drive the car, but soon rammed into a median and took off on foot. After residents called 911, police arrived to find a bloodstained car, and a trail of blood leading from the parkway around the side of the building.
While video footages are not very clear, and are grainy at best, officials have come with complete sequence of event. Cook County prosecutors said during Wasni’s hearing that Nelson had been her third Uber driver on the night of the attack, according to ABC Chicago. Prosecutors said that there is Walmart surveillance video showing Wasni walking around “nonchalantly” before stealing two knives. Officials claim that Nelson was driving his gray 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedan when he was killed. NBC Chicago reports that there is “grainy” surveillance video that showed the Nelson’s car stopped with someone walking out of it at Hampton Place Condominiums around the time of the attack.
The Uber driver’s family has been completely shocked by the incident. His sister while talking to NBC Chicago said that her brother was an amid animal lover. Alex Nelson said that he was especially in love with her family’s dog, Lilly. Alex Nelson added, “He had probably the most extensive collection of classical music of anyone I’ve ever met in life… I want people to know Grant was a good person. He was not a vindictive person. He was not a cruel person. He didn’t deserve this fate. On the other hand taxi hailing service, Uber released a statement condoling the death. “We are heartbroken by the lost of one of our partners. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time”, the statement said.