Tuesday 27 September 2016

Pair charged after NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin shot dead in Chicago

Published 28/08/2016 | 16:46

Dwyane Wade and fellow players spoke out on stage against violence (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/PA)
Dwyane Wade and fellow players spoke out on stage against violence (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/PA)

Two brothers have been charged with first-degree murder after the cousin of NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade was shot dead as she walked to register her children for school in Chicago.

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Darwin Sorrells Jr and Derren Sorrells, 22, were also charged with attempted murder after the shooting on Friday.

Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother-of-four, was pushing her baby in a stroller near the school when two men walked up and fired shots at a third man, but hit Ms Aldridge in the head and arm. Police say she was not the intended target, and the baby was not injured.

Darwin Sorrells was sentenced to six years in prison in January 2013 on a gun charged and was released early on parole, while Derren Sorrells is a known gang member, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Authorities are investigating whether the encounter was a robbery, possibly involving a driver from a ridesharing company.

Chicago has experienced a surge in gun violence this year, largely centred in a few south and west side areas, after years of decline. This July alone, there were 65 homicides - the most seen in that month since 2006.

Basketball star Wade, whose charitable organisation, Wade's World Foundation, carries out community work in the Chicago area, signed with the Chicago Bulls in July after 13 years with Miami Heat.

He and his mother, pastor Jolinda Wade, participated in a town hall meeting in Chicago on gun violence hosted by ESPN on Thursday, via satellite.

Wade has reacted to his cousin's shooting online, tweeting on Friday: "My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough."

Wade also tweeted on Saturday morning: "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!"

He added in a following tweet: "These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough".

It is not the first time Wade's family in Chicago has been affected by gun violence. His nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot twice in the leg in 2012, but recovered.

Indiana governor Mike Pence sidestepped questions on Sunday morning on CNN's State of the Union show about the flow of guns into Illinois from his state, as the US presidential campaign delves into the issue of Chicago violence.

Chicago police said more than half of the guns used in crimes come from out-of-state, including about 20% from Indiana. When asked about it, Mr Pence instead brought up failing schools in Chicago and his running mate Donald Trump's pledge to create jobs.

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