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16-year-old girl charged in fatal stabbing of Chicago Uber driver

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 A 16-year-old girl has been charged with murder, for allegedly stabbing an Uber driver to death on Tuesday in suburban Chicago.

According to CBS Chicago, Eliza Wasni has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Grant Nelson, of Wilmette, and appeared Wednesday in bond court. 

A Cook County judge denied her bail, because the defendant allegedly tried to run from the scene and changed her clothes.

Lincolnwood police said they responded to a report of a man screaming for help at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday when they found Nelson with multiple stab wounds.

Prosecutors said Wasni hailed three Uber rides the night she allegedly murdered Nelson. The second ride took her to a local Walmart, where prosecutors said she stole a knife and machete. Surveillance footage allegedly showed Wasni stealing the items.

Her third Uber ride was driven by Nelson, who had just finished Memorial Day dinner with his family when he decided to make some extra cash driving the ride-sharing service, his family said.

A couple minutes into the ride, Wasni “hack[ed] and stab[bed]” Nelson from the back seat, according to prosecutors.

When police found Nelson, he said he was an Uber driver and that his passenger stabbed him, police said.

Officers located Wasni behind a building near the crime scene in possession of two weapons, police said.

Uber officials said the company was working with police to provide information relevant to the investigation.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of one of our partners,” Uber said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”

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