The hunt for a man police say killed an 18-year-old woman in an unprovoked knife attack in the San Francisco Bay Area ended where it began: in a train station.
At the time of the vigil, BART police had not yet captured 27-year-old suspect John Lee Cowell.
In a statement, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (Bart) said Cowell was arrested on Monday night onboard another train after an anonymous tipster called police. He added that surveillance video also showed the attacker taking off his clothing in a BART parking structure after the stabbing.
"This is the first step to achieving justice for Nia and her family", Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Chief Carlos Rojas told reporters. BART detectives have carefully reviewed video from surveillance cameras on the train the victims and suspect were riding on as well as platform video at MacArthur Station - where the attack occurred. She says they never saw Cowell or exchanged words with him prior to the stabbing. He was paroled in May after being sentenced to two years in prison for second-degree robbery, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton.
Nia's slaying was the third BART-related death in a week, Rojas said.
Beilal Chatila, an Oakland-based lawyer, said he was disappointed how some media outlets portrayed Wilson, referring to an image showing her posing with a gun-shaped phone case instead of all the other pictures "they could have chosen from".
"This is really an anomaly", Rojas, the BART police chief said, according to KTVU. Nia's wound proved to be fatal and she sadly died at the scene, while her sister recovered at a local hospital.
Letifah told ABC 7 her sister's nickname was PG, short for "pretty girl". "As young black women, we shouldn't have to look behind our back you know, we should be living freely like everybody else", said Wilson. Monroe said that Wilson's boyfriend drowned two years ago, and that she and her sister were on their way to celebrate his birthday.
"We don't know if it was racist, we don't know if it was random, we don't know what it was", Allums said in a new conference with Rojas.
Nia Wilson was a beloved daughter, sister, and friend.
He says police are looking for the suspect fled the station.
The family has received an outpouring of support in Oakland and on the internet.
"Thank God, missed the veins", she said. A 2015 restraining order alleged he tried to enter his family's Concord home several times without permission while "high on drugs". "They asked him what his name was".
BART police also searched for another homicide suspect who punched a man at the Bay Fair station in San Leandro early Saturday.
Following the killing of Wilson, protesters took to the streets of Oakland and demanded the police investigate the killing as a racially motivated attack. His behavior has anxious neighbors in the Concord neighborhood for years, especially since he recently returned to his aunt's house across the street, Kincaid said. The victim, 47-year-old Don Stevens, fell to the ground, hit his head and was declared brain dead on Sunday at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, authorities said.