Teen charged with fatally stabbing Uber driver in Chicago

Judge Michael Hood described the crime as "extremely violent".

Family members could be heard sobbing at times as prosecutors read out a two-page description of the murder.

Eliza Wasni allegedly stole a knife and machete from a Walmart in Skokie, asked for a ride using the Uber app and within minutes started attacking her driver, the Daily Mail reports.

At 2:18 a.m., a second Uber driver took her from the train station to a Wal-Mart store.

"Help me, help me!"

Wasni, 16, fled in Nelson's Hyundai Sonata but struck a median and bolted on foot, the prosecutor said.

Nelson ran to a nearby apartment block screaming "help me, help me, I'm going to die".

Wasni climbed into the front seat of Nelson's silver sedan and drove away before striking a central reservation in the road.

Wasni allegedly drove off in Nelson's vehicle, struck a median and then ran off. CBS Chicago reported that surveillance video from Walmart showed that she had apparently stolen those weapons.

When police arrived, Nelson was able to describe the suspect to officers. Nelson was taken to a hospital nearby where he later succumbed to his injuries.


She said: "He was not a vindictive person". He never hurt anyone.

Prosecutors said Wednesday 16-year-old Eliza Wasni walked out of a suburban Chicago Walmart holding a machete and knife she'd stolen, climbed into an Uber vehicle and began hacking at Grant Nelson.

Police say said she was told repeatedly to put the weapons down and when she didn't, she was Tased.

Wasni will be held in a juvenile facility until her trial.

Wasni declined to speak to police, officers said.

Authorities also found a blood-covered shirt that matched the one Eliza was wearing on the Walmart footage. The shirt had blood on it.

Uber, in a statement, said that they are fully cooperating with the law enforcement agencies in the investigation.

Prosecutors said Wasni hailed three Uber rides the night she allegedly murdered Nelson. "Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly hard time". Access to the service can be removed if a rider is found to be underage.

As the family - including Grant Nelson's brother Todd, sister Alex and father Leonard - prepared to lay him to rest Friday, friends and family recalled him as gracious, amusing and well-read.

Cunningham says police found Nelson laying in the grass near the scene.


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