New Orleans, LA – A longtime New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) employee working a second job as an Uber driver was brutally stabbed to death by a passenger who allegedly posted footage of the woman dying in her vehicle on social media, according to police.
NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson said the victim, 54-year-old Yolanda Dillion, worked as a fiscal analyst for the NOPD for the past 10 years, FOX News reported.
She was in the parking lot of a hotel in Jefferson Parish on Dec. 8 when a passenger she picked up in New Orleans stabbed her repeatedly, according to investigators.
“He was in the back seat,” Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto told FOX News. “Stabbed her from behind. Exited the vehicle and just walked away casually.”
Dillion was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) detectives coordinated with Uber to track down the name of Dillion’s last passenger, FOX News reported.
He was identified as 29-year-old Brandon Jacobs.
Investigators said the alleged killer was staying at the hotel where the murder occurred.
Sheriff Lopinto said Jacobs has confessed to the horrific murder, FOX News reported.
“He stated that he woke up yesterday morning and decided he was going to kill someone,” the sheriff told reporters. “We asked him specifically, ‘How did you pick her?’ His response was, ‘I didn’t pick her, Uber picked her.’ Meaning that she was the random person that picked him up that day.”
Sheriff Lopinto said Jacobs also posted footage of the bloody aftermath of the stabbing to Facebook, but that police were able to work with the social media platform to have it taken down.
Jacobs has been arrested for second-degree murder and was being held without bond, FOX News reported.
Uber said in a statement that it is “extremely disturbed by this senseless attack,” WDSU reported.
“Our thoughts are with Yolanda’s family, and we are reaching out to them to offer condolences and support. We are actively working with the police on their investigation,” the company said.
Chief Ferguson said Dillion’s murder “blindsided everyone” at the NOPD.
“Our team is taking it pretty hard,” he told FOX News. “The team dearly loved her. She will be dearly missed. She was quiet. She was humble. A quiet giant, I would say, because she meant a lot to this department, and it tore our employees up.”
Dillion was the sole caretaker of her mother, Edna, according to a fundraising page established to help her family in the wake of her murder.
The fund has raised more than $16,000 so far.
Dillion was laid to rest on Dec. 17, according to her obituary.