The Pioneer

The Pioneer

Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

Nia+Wilson+was+stabbed+to+death+at+the+MacArthur+BART+station+late+Sunday%2C+July+22%2C+2018.+++%28Family+photo%29
Back to Article
Back to Article

Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

Nia Wilson was stabbed to death at the MacArthur BART station late Sunday, July 22, 2018.   (Family photo)

Nia Wilson was stabbed to death at the MacArthur BART station late Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Family photo)

Family photo

Nia Wilson was stabbed to death at the MacArthur BART station late Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Family photo)

Family photo

Family photo

Nia Wilson was stabbed to death at the MacArthur BART station late Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Family photo)

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






John Lee Cowell, 27, was arrested on Monday at the Pleasant Hill BART Station after a rider called the police alerting them he was on a train, according to BART officials. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Cowell on Monday with the murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilson and the attempted murder of her sister.

According to BART officials, Wilson and her sister were standing on the MacArthur BART Station platform waiting for a train on Sunday when Cowell came up from behind and fatally stabbed her. According to the Oakland Police Department, the attacks were unprovoked.

More than 1,000 people gathered on Monday to celebrate the life of Wilson near the BART Station where she was killed. Family members played some of her music for the crowd, Wilson was a rapper.

BART Police, who made the arrest, described Cowell as calm when he was arrested. The deputy chief of BART Police, Ed Alvarez, said he was sitting down in a car and had no weapons in his possession. BART Police said now they are tracing Cowell’s steps from the time the crime was committed to his arrest. Cowell had a court date set for 2 p.m. in Oakland.

Navigate Left
  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    Researchers discover WWII carrier with ties to Bay Area

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    City to approve initial funding for $24M program to close ‘digital divide’ in Silicon Valley

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco offers free admission to SF residents

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    Oakland Homeless Camp cleared out

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    Police to announce update on unsolved ‘Doodler’ case from 1970s

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    Oakland Raiders want to play in San Francisco

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    HUD gives Bay Area nearly $149 million to help the homeless

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    Hayward commuity garden finds a solution to get rid of unwanted foods

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    East Bay Express closes its doors

  • Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying

    Metro

    Oakland files lawsuit against Raiders, NFL

Navigate Right
California State University East Bay
Suspect arrested in Nia Wilson slaying