Chicago police charged two brothers Sunday (August 28) with murder for the shooting death of 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, cousin to Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade.
The mother of four was pushing a stroller with a baby inside Friday (August 28) when she was struck by a random bullet over the weekend.
According to officials, Aldridge wasn’t the intended target of the gun fire on Chicago’s South Side.
Thankfully, the child wasn’t injured.
Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi, said two brothers, 26-year-old Darwin Sorells, and 22 year old Derren have been charged with the shooting.
Guglielmi posted to Twitter that Derren is a known member of Gangster Disciples and is on parole.
Darwin, a co-conspirator in the crime, was also on parole for a felony gun charge.
He was sentenced to six years in prison back in January 2013, but was released early.
News of Aldridge’s death came during the same weekend Chicago native, rapper, Academy-Award winner, politician and activist Rhymefest–real name Che Smith–was robbed at gunpoint.
Chicago has been in the throes of a major uptick 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.
He and 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.
Wade also tweeted 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.
adding in a following tweet,
“These young kids are screaming for help!!! #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 but recovered.