Eliza Wasni: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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Eliza Wasni pictured on her Facebook page.

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested and accused of the murder of a “gentle and kind” Uber driver just after Memorial Day. CBS Chicago reports that Eliza Wasni was arrested on May 30 and will appear in court on May 31 in Skokie. On the night of May 29, Grant Nelson’s family say he had finished dinner and went out to make some money as an Uber driver. In the early hours of May 30, Nelson was found stabbed inside his car in Lincolnwood. He was rushed to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, where he was pronounced dead. Nelson was 34 years old.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Authorities Say Wasni Was Found With 2 Weapons Believed to Have Been Used in the Death of Nelson

In a press release, the Lincolnwood Police Department said that when police found Nelson, at 3:22 a.m. on May 30, he identified his passenger as his assailant. Authorities arrested Wasni close to where Nelson was found. She was in possession of two weapons that cops think were used to kill Nelson. Cops were dispatched to the area after a resident reported hearing a man screaming for help.

2. Wasni Says on Her Facebook Page, ‘I Will Always Be Myself’

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The last publicly visible post on Eliza Wasni’s Facebook page.

Wasni says on her Facebook page, “I will always be myself.” While her last visible update (above) read, “Ok ok that jus changed everything.” That post was written on February 13.

3. Nelson Was Known for His Love of Animals

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Grant Nelson pictured on his Facebook page.

Grant Nelson’s sister, Alex, told NBC Chicago about her brother saying that he was especially in love with her family’s dog, Lilly. Alex Nelson added, “He had probably the most extensive collection of classical music of anyone I’ve ever met in life.”

4. Illinois Is No Longer a Death Penalty Case So Life Imprisonment Is the Worst Punishment That Wasni Could Face

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The Cook County state’s attorney’s office has said that Wasni will be charged with first degree murder as an adult.

5. This Is the First Homicide in Lincolnwood Since 2006

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The scene of Nelson’s murder. (Screengrab via NBC Chicago)

It’s noted in the Lincolnwood Police Department’s release that the town has not experienced a murder since the 2006 murder of Lester McDurmon. In that case, Lester’s brother, James McDurmon was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the crime.

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