Chicago police said on Sunday two brothers had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, as she was walking to register her children for school.
Authorities said 26-year-old Darwin Sorrells Jr and 22-year-old Derren Sorrells were charged on Sunday in the death of Aldridge.
Police said the 32-year-old mother of four was pushing a baby in a stroller near the school when two men walked up and fired shots at a third man but instead hit Aldridge in the head and arm. Aldridge was not the intended target, police said.
Police said the suspects had criminal records. Chicago police superintendent Eddie T Johnson planned to release more information at a news conference later on Sunday.
Authorities are investigating whether the encounter between the men was a robbery, possibly involving a driver from a ridesharing company, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Saturday.
Chicago has been in the throes of a major increase in gun violence this year, largely centered in a few south and west side neighborhoods, after years of seeing declines. This July alone, there were 65 homicides – the most that month since 2006.
Wade, whose charitable organization, Wade’s World Foundation, does community outreach in the Chicago area, signed with the Chicago Bulls in July after 13 years with the Miami Heat. On Thursday he and his mother, pastor Jolinda Wade, participated via satellite in an ESPN-hosted town hall meeting on Chicago gun violence.
Wade has reacted to his cousin’s death online, tweeting Friday: My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. “>EnoughIsEnough.
On Saturday morning, he tweeted: The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH! In a following tweet, he added: These young kids are screaming for help!!! “>EnoughIsEnough.
In 2012, Wade’s nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot twice in the leg but recovered.
Aldridge’s death became the center of political controversy on Saturday, after Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, seemed to attempt to use it to appeal to African American voters.
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