Hollywood stars don't want the death ofto be forgotten, and they're using their social media platforms to raise awareness. The 18-year-old was killed in an unprovoked knife attack while exiting a San Francisco Bay Area train station on July 22, sparking outrage nationwide.
Wilson and her two sisters were traveling on BART in Oakland, California, on Sunday night when they stopped to help a woman struggling with a stroller exit a train, CBS San Francisco reports, and a man suddenly approached them. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old , pulled out a knife, slashed Wilson across the neck and stabbed her sister, Letifah, before fleeing.
The victims were black and Cowell is white. And while there has been rampant speculation on social media that the crime may have been racially motivated, BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas wasn't able to confirm that as of Monday, CBS San Francisco reports.
"While we don't have any facts that suggest he's connected with any white supremacist group, we are going to explore all options," Rojas said in a press conference.
Since Wilson's death, stars like actress Anne Hathaway and singer and Oakland native Kehlani have taken to social media, urging others to "say her name." The hashtag, #SayHerName, is meant to call attention to not only Wilson's story, but to the stories of all black female victims of violence.
"We are not the kind of people to stand by and watch," Kehlani wrote of her hometown of Oakland. "We are a people that started revolutions and sparked national inspiration in troubled times of the past."
"White people- including me, including you- must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS," Hathaway wrote in an Instagram post. "White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence."
"Your name means something to us and we won't stop saying it," singer Janelle Monae wrote.
"I'm getting tired of the heartbreak," actress Viola Davis wrote on Twitter. "Tired of needing to organize rally's (sic) to convince people that our lives matter."
Even actress and #MeToo movement pioneer Rose McGowan weighed in.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a statement acknowledging that there currently was no evidence that the attack was racially motivated but "the fact that his victims were both young African American women stirs deep pain and palpable fear in all of us who acknowledge the reality that our country still suffers from a tragic and deeply racist history."
Wilson's death was the third fatal attack in the BART system in five days, making it one of the deadliest weeks in the system's history.
Crime on BART trains and in the system's stations has been a hot-button issue for nearly a year, CBS San Francisco notes. BART Police says it has ramped up patrols and working video cameras have been placed throughout stations and on the cars.