The funeral for 18-year-old Nia Wilson, the young Oakland woman killed in a knife attack at the MacArthur BART station two weeks ago, took place Friday.
East Oakland's Acts Full Gospel Church was filled with friends, community members and family. Local and national politicians, like Congresswoman Barbara Lee and City Councilmembers Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Rebecca Kaplan, took part. The homegoing, as funerals are often called in the black community, was interfaith, with ministers from the Nation of Islam and Christian clergy.
Wilson's relatives say they are still in mourning and focused on getting justice.
During the service, one of Wilson's sisters, Malika Harris, read a poem.
"Nia’s love, my Nia’s love, so honest and true," read Harris read through tears. "Baby girl shine bright and big sister promise we will get justice for you. ... I love you."
Bishop Bob Jackson of Acts Full was one of many who noted that "Nia" means "purpose" in Swahili -- and that Wilson could serve now to bring the community together against violence, especially violence against black women.
"If anyone is going to unite us, it's gonna be Nia," Jackson said.
Nia Wilson's sister Lahtifa was also severely injured in the July 22 attack. John Lee Cowell, who is accused of Wilson's murder and the attempted murder of her sister, is set to appear in court to enter a plea later this month.