Grant Nelson was found dead on may 29 in Lincolnwood. An Uber driver known for his humility and good nature, his death had shocked the entire town as such crimes are rare in this part of the world. Reports suggest that this was the first murder in the locality this eyar.
Now, a 16 year old girl, Eliza Wasni has been found to be behind the macabre death of the 34-year old man who occasionally drove Uber cab to make some extra money. The murder that seems to be without any provocation seems rather bizarre.
Police claim that the girl attacked the 34-year old man with a knife and a machete that she had stolen from Walmart.
A Chicago Tribune report says that when the girl was brought for her first court appearance, Eliza Wasni kept her eyes mostly to the floor Wednesday afternoon as a Cook County judge ordered her held without bail in the killing of Grant Nelson of Wilmette.
Prosecutor said that the killing was “heinous” and “not provoked in any manner.” 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.
After taking the car to nearby area, the girl stopped and started running on foot. Later she was discovered found nearby wearing just a bra and leggings; a bloodstained Chicago Cubs shirt was found nearby, and a trail of blood led responding officers to the condominium lobby and then to the seriously injured Uber driver, Cunningham.
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.
In the meantime, the victim’s sister Alex 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.”
One of his friends, Mike Foley, told ABC Chicago, “It’s overwhelming, really. It’s very sad. Heartbreaking.” Foley said that Nelson worked in the restaurant industry and also drove part-time for ride share companies. Another friend, Colleen Milner, told the station, “Grant’s the type of person that would walk away from an altercation. He would never stay around. He would let something go and walk away.”
In the meantime, 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.