UPDATED: Sunday, August 28, 5:30 PM EST
Chicago police on Sunday announced the arrests of two brothers in connection to the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, a mother of four who was the cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade.
Darwin Sorells, 26, and Derren Sorells, 22 — were each charged with murder and ordered held without bail after a court appearance Sunday, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Both were on parole and allegedly affiliated with the Gangster Disciples gang, writes the Tribune:
Police said the suspects were targeting a for-hire driver after exchanging unfriendly glances with the man as he drove in the neighborhood. The two later confronted the driver after he walked two women into their building, according to prosecutors. The driver told police the men menaced him and indicated they had guns. They then chased the driver as he ran away, with at least one of the men firing multiple shots that struck Aldridge.
Alrdidge had just left a nearby school, where she had registered one of her children for the upcoming school year.
“This reprehensible act of violence is the example of why we need to change the way we treat habitual offenders in the city of Chicago,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “When will enough be enough? This tragedy isn’t just noteworthy because Ms. Aldridge has a famous family member. It’s noteworthy because these two offenders are the prime examples of … repeat gun offenders who don’t care who they shoot.”
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
‘4 Kids Lost Their Mom For No Reason:’ Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Gunned Down In Chicago
Dwyane Wade‘s cousin was shot and killed in Chicago Friday afternoon while pushing her 3-week-old baby girl in a stroller on the city’s South Side, reports the New York Daily News, precipitating the latest outcry against gun violence in a city wracked by violence.
Nykea Aldridge, 32, a mother of four, was gunned down as she walked to register her children for school in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood, the report says. Wade, who has been outspoken about violence in his hometown, and who recently returned to the city to play with the Bulls, expressed his grief about the loss on social media.
A family spokesman said Aldridge was about to enter “the Dulles School of Excellence when she was caught in a crossfire as two men opened fire on a third man around 3:30 p.m.,” reports the News:
Aldridge was struck in the head and arm and died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman said.
“The whole entire family is racked by this loss,” Jones said. “It’s just horrible, not just for our family, but for the entire city that this continues to happen.”
Aldrige’s baby was not injured, and police said a relative took custody of the child after the shooting.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did not hesitate to seize the moment to woo White moderate voters to his flagging campaign. But Twitter was not here for it.
An estimated 2,739 people have been shot in Chicago as of Friday night, with nearly 460 killed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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