Following the heinous murder of 18 year old high school graduate Nia Wilson, Instagram was ablaze with a call to action to find Nia’s killer.
In rapid response celebrities Kendrick Sampson, Yara Shahidi, Rosario Dawson, Rowan Blanchard and Tessa Thompson put out an alert to their collective 8 million fans about the senseless slaying of Nia Wilson and a picture of the murder suspect circulating by the police.
Thousands of similar alerts flooded Instagram and in less than 24 house the suspected murderer was apprehended by the police.
Murder suspect now in custody! BART Police took him into custody at Pleasant Hill BART. Full details to come and Chief availability at Rockridge BART at 8pm. Thank you BPD and thank riders for keeping your eye out!! https://t.co/OxZmOw2OkI
— SFBART (@SFBART) July 24, 2018
According to the authorities there isn’t a motive for the crime. BART police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a press conference Monday, “Everything we’ve uncovered up to this point, we see no altercation,” “We don’t have any information that there was any type of dispute. It looks like it was an unprovoked, unwarranted, vicious attack.”
According to CBS San Francisco Bay Area news Nia and her sister were traveling on the BART train returning home Sunday night when Nia stood up to help a woman struggling with a stroller to exit the train at Oakland’s MacArthur station. It was at that moment that a man pulled out a knife, slashed her across the neck and stabbed her sister, Latifa, before fleeing. The wound to Nia’s throat proved fatal, she did not survive long enough for medical assistance and the 18 year old died at the BART station in the arms of her sister.
On Monday night the BART Police apprehended primary suspect John Cowell, 27, at the Pleasant Hill BART station. He is currently in police custody and is being detained with no bail set as the police conclude their investigation.
Friends of Nia Wilson mourned yesterday during a vigil in memory of the 18-year-old girl killed at MacArthur BART Station. Nia had just graduated from Oakland High School. Her family said she was interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or law. She was also a lover of makeup and dance.
A a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $9,000 was set up to help Nia’s family. It had raised $22,000 as of time of publication.