On Friday, tragedy struck Dwyane Wade‘s family. His cousin, Nykea Aldridge, died of gunshot wounds after two men fired shots, apparently aimed at her companion, while the pair were walking and pushing a baby stroller in Chicago’s South Side. Now, according to a new report, the two shooters have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the incident. Via SI.com:
According to police, Aldridge was not the target of the shooters, brothers Darwin Sorrells Jr. and Derren Sorrells, 22, who were shooting at a third man.
The brothers have also been charged with attempted murder. Police are currently investigating if the incident was an attempted robbery.
The shooting happened just days after Wade and his mother Jolinda appeared on a panel discussion hosted by The Undefeated that tackled the very topic of gun violence plaguing cities like Chicago. Already a highly-politicized issue, presidential candidate Donald Trump attempted to co-opt the slaying to push his agenda and curry favor among black voters, although it was a poorly-conceived attempt met with immediate backlash.
Wade has been outspoken about the topic of violence in America and, along with Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James, used their platform at this year’s ESPY’s to deliver a powerful call for peace, as well as a plea for stricter gun control legislation. Wade is returning to his hometown Chicago after signing a free agency deal with the Bulls this summer.