CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who were on parole for prior criminal activity have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, Chicago police announced Sunday.
Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, & Derren Sorrells, 22, moreover were charged with attempted murder in Friday's shooting. They appeared in court Sunday & were ordered held without bail.
Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four, was pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she'd planned to register her children when she was shot in the head & arm. She wasn't the intended target, Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan said at a news conference Sunday, yet rather a driver who had just dropped off passengers in the neighborhood.
p>There is video of the incident, Deenihan said, yet no weapon was recovered & police don't know where the weapon is.
Chicago has been in the throes of a major uptick in gun violence this year, largely centered in a few South & West Side neighborhoods, after years of seeing declines. This July alone, there were 65 homicides – the most for that month since 2006.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the suspects are an example of the city's problem with repeat offenders, which he has spoken approximately frequently in recent months. Darwin Sorrells was sentenced to six years in prison in January 2013 on a gun charge & was released early on parole. Derren Sorrells is a known gang member who is moreover on parole for motor vehicle theft & escape, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, adding he has six felony arrests on his record.
''They don't care who they shoot & they don't fear the consequences,'' Johnson said, noting as he has in the past that approximately 1,400 people are driving 85 percent of the city's gun violence. He added that the city has gotten very satisfactory at predicting who will be the perpetrators & the victims of gun violence.
Dozens of people gathered at a Chicago church Sunday for a prayer service to remember Aldridge. Her parents, sister, nieces & nephews wept as they spoke approximately the woman they said was a gifted writer & ''fighter of the family.''
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. He & his mother, pastor Jolinda Wade, participated Thursday via satellite in a town hall meeting in Chicago on gun violence hosted by ESPN.
Wade has reacted to his cousin's shooting only 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. (hash)EnoughIsEnough.''
Wade moreover tweeted Saturday morning: ''The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me & my family yet for the future of our world. The YOUTH!'' adding in a following tweet, ''These young kids are screaming for help!!! (hash)EnoughIsEnough.''
It is not the first time Dwyane Wade's family in Chicago has been affected by gun violence. His nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot twice in the leg in 2012 yet recovered.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions Sunday morning on CNN's ''State of the Union'' approximately the flow of guns into Illinois from his state. Chicago police have said a fifth of the guns used in Chicago crimes are from Indiana. When asked approximately it, the Republican vice presidential candidate instead brought up failing schools in Chicago & his running mate Donald Trump's pledge to create jobs.
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