Mom of Uber driver stabbed to death: He was just trying to earn a living

Eliza Wasni, left, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the slaying of Uber driver Grant Nelson on May 30, 2017. (Village of Lincolnwood, Todd Nelson) Susan Berger Chicago Tribune

Uber driver Grant Nelson spent his last evening alive talking and laughing with his parents and brother around the dinner table. Then he got an Uber alert and left to pick up a customer."That was the last time that we saw him," said Tina Nelson, his mother, who got word early the next morning that her 34-year-old son had been stabbed and was in the hospital.


"He was doing everything he could to earn a living and this terrible, terrible thing happened to him," she said. "It's beyond belief ... beyond sad."

Nelson, of Wilmette, was killed by a 16-year-old girl who had just stolen a machete and knife from Walmart in Skokie, authorities said. They allege that the attack was unprovoked, occurring moments after Eliza Wasni got into Nelson's car about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday. The Chicago teen has been charged in adult court with first-degree murder and is being held without bond in a juvenile facility.

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