Two brothers arrested over murder of Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Dwyane Wade

Donald Trump seized on the murder as evidence that African-Americans should vote for him

Justin Carissimo
New York
Sunday 28 August 2016 18:09 BST
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Two brothers were arrested in connection with the murder of Nykea Aldridge, who was fatally shot on Chicago’s south side on Friday.

Aldridge, 32, was pushing a baby in a stroller when both men exchanged gunfire, striking her in the head, police told reporters after the incident. They added that the altercation did not involve Aldridge.

A relative soon took custody the child, who was not hurt in the shootout.

Darwin Sorrells Jr, 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, have been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on Sunday that he hopes the arrests can ease the pain felt by the victim’s family.

Darwin Sorrells Jr on the left and Derren Sorrells on the right Chicago Police Department
Darwin Sorrells Jr on the left and Derren Sorrells on the right Chicago Police Department (Chicago Police Department)

Johnson also said that the suspects are repeat offenders and two of about 1,500 individuals who drive gun violence in Chicago: "I'm frustrated, you should be frustrated, all Chicagoans should be frustrated.”

Aldridge was identified on Friday by the Chicago Bulls franchise, where her cousin Dwyane Wade recently signed to play in July. He took to his Twitter account to mourn his cousin’s death.

"The city of Chicago is hurting," he wrote. "We need more help and more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The youth."

Wade also spoke on a panel addressing gun violence hosted by ESPN’s The Undefeated.

"This is something that didn't start today; this is something that isn't going to end tomorrow," he said. "Hopefully, eventually, we can stop it."

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