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Murdered Teen Nia Wilson's Life Is Being Honored By Artists On Instagram

Eighteen-year-old Nia Wilson was fatally stabbed by a stranger while traveling with her two sisters in Oakland, CA.

Artists around the world are paying tribute to Nia Wilson, the 18-year-old teen who was fatally stabbed by a stranger—27-year-old John Lee Cowell—while traveling Oakland, California's BART train system last Sunday.

Lahtifa Wilson, Nia's 26-year-old sister, was also stabbed, hospitalized, and later released. “It was, in my close to 30 years of police experience, probably one of the most vicious attacks that I’ve seen,” BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said, referring to surveillance video footage at a news conference on Monday. He also addressed discussions around whether Nia's murder was a "race-motivated" hate crime, given that Nia is black and John Lee Cowell is white, among other reasons: "I know there's been a lot of social media posts that this may be race-motivated, and I can tell you up to this point we do not have any information that suggests it is race-motivated," Roja said. "But we can't discount it at this time."
Nia Wilson / Facebook / Via facebook.com

Lahtifa Wilson, Nia's 26-year-old sister, was also stabbed, hospitalized, and later released. “It was, in my close to 30 years of police experience, probably one of the most vicious attacks that I’ve seen,” BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said, referring to surveillance video footage at a news conference on Monday.

He also addressed discussions around whether Nia's murder was a "race-motivated" hate crime, given that Nia is black and John Lee Cowell is white, among other reasons: "I know there's been a lot of social media posts that this may be race-motivated, and I can tell you up to this point we do not have any information that suggests it is race-motivated," Roja said. "But we can't discount it at this time."

Here are 50 artists whose powerful works mourn Nia's brutal death while also celebrating her life and uplifting her name:

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8. Artist: Ruben Guadalupe Marquez

Instagram: @broobs

9. Artist: Steven Hargrove (Ode)

Instagram: @misterode

12. Artist: Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman

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25. Artist: Siobhan Williams

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39. Artist: Eduardo justValadez Arenas

Instagram: @lacocinaloca

44. Artist: Dayanita Ramesh

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We will continue to add Nia Wilson dedication art to this roundup. If you'd like your work to be considered, please send your image to @AsIs on Instagram.

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