Nia Wilson, an 18-year-old from California, has been identified as the victim of a fatal double-stabbing attack at a BART station in Oakland. Her sister, who is 20 years old, was transported to the hospital. The incident occurred just before 10:00 p.m. local time, according to reports. Wilson had attended Oakland High.
The suspect in the attack, who has been described as a white male, remains at large. Police have been reviewing security cameras and searching for further evidence on the train and platform, according to BART police chief Carlos Rojas.
“If you’re in the Oakland/Berkeley area be alert of your surroundings. A white male 5’9 with spiked hair on the side stabbed 2 sisters on Bart at MacArthur station the police are yet to catch him,” one Twitter user wrote.
The attack was reportedly unprovoked and the suspect remains at large.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Ebony Monroe, a cousin of the victims, described Wilson as a “beautiful, sweet person” who loved her cousins, fashion and doing makeup. Monroe said Wilson had a boyfriend who drowned in a lake two years ago, and that she was celebrating his birthday on Sunday.“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.”Monroe said a witness described the suspect as coming “out of nowhere.”
— Megan Cassidy (@meganrcassidy) July 23, 2018
Marc Cota-Robles of ABC 7 wrote, “LAPD officers are searching for suspect at The Plaza apartment complex on Woodman Ave in Sherman Oaks; asking all residents to stay inside.” Video of police searching the area can also be seen on social media at this time.
— Marc Cota-Robles (@abc7marccr) July 23, 2018
Our deepest condolences are with the families of the victims during this incredibly tragic time.
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. pic.twitter.com/3vZRVqnnbt
— Shaun King (@shaunking) July 23, 2018
This is a developing story. More information will be added as soon as it becomes available.