Steph Curry Raises Over $21,000 For Nia Wilson's Family
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry recently honored Nia Wilson, the Oakland teen who was fatally stabbed at a BART station.
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On Tuesday night during a showcase game for young Bay Area athletes in San Francisco, Curry briefly spoke on Wilson before asking people in attendance as well as people watching a live stream of the game to donate to the late teen's family.
"Everybody who's watching at home on the live stream on Facebook, please hit the 'Donate' button," Curry said according to SFGate. "Everything that is donated today — all the proceeds 100 percent — will go to Nia Wilson's family."
Curry raised over $21,000 for Wilson's family following the game.
KPIX, another news source, reported that Curry met with Wilson's father, Ansar Mohammed, before the game.
"[Curry] told me I had a very nice family and he was looking forward to spending time with us, me and my family," Mohammed said.
In related news, the family of John Cowell, the man who fatally stabbed Wilson, issued a statement on the incident.
"First and foremost, we want to let the Wilson Family know that our hearts go to them & are mourning for your family. This horrific tragedy never should have happened," the family said via KRON4.
"Unfortunately, John has been suffering from mental illness most of his life. He has been in & out of Jail & has not had the proper treatment. When he was released from the Atascadero State Mental Facility inside the Atascadero State Prison on 5/8/18, there was not a place for him to go with most of the mental institutions being shut down. Knowing that he was diagnosed with being bi-polar & schizophrenia, the system has failed in this instance. We had to get a restraining order at one time as well for our own protection. He was living on the streets without the proper treatment. This is in no way an excuse for this senseless and vicious attack."
Following the statement's release, Muhammed said he felt the family calling Cowell mentally ill was a cop-out.
"I think it’s an excuse," he said to the Associated Press. "I hate to say that, but, you know, why would you choose two Black girls? I should be planning her graduation, not her funeral."