By Jason Silverstein: Two gangbanger brothers in Chicago, who are both on parole, were charged with murder Sunday for the fatal shooting of the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, police said.
Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, face a first-degree murder rap for opening fire on another person and unintentionally striking Nykea Aldridge.
Aldridge, the first cousin of the Chicago Bulls shooting guard, was struck while pushing her 3-week-old baby girl on a stroller in Chicago’s south side.
Police said the bloodthirsty brothers intended to shoot a man who dropped off women at a house in their neighborhood. They targeted him only because they could tell he was not from the area, police said.
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The man escaped unscathed and later helped police track down his would-be killers.
The older brother, Darwin, has had six felony arrests and was paroled in February for vehicle theft, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a Sunday news conference.
The younger brother, Derrell, was paroled less than three weeks ago after serving four years for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Both are known gang members, and one committed the murder during his daily break from his mandatory ankle bracelet, Johnson said.
Police called the younger brother the “co-conspirator,” but did not say who fired the fatal shots.
Johnson said the shooting “isn’t just noteworthy because Ms. Aldridge has a famous family member.” He condemned the criminal justice system for letting the convict kin free so soon.
“It’s noteworthy because these two offenders are the primary example of the challenge we face in Chicago,” he said, “with repeat gun offenders who don’t care who they shoot, don’t care whose lives they take and clearly, clearly, don’t fear the consequences of their actions.”
Aldridge was a 32-year-old mother of four. Her baby was not harmed in the shooting and is now in the care of a relative.
Her heartbroken cousin denounced the shooting as “another act of senseless gun violence” in a city that has seen more than 2,700 shootings this year.
“4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughisEnough,” Wade tweeted to his 5.8 million followers after Aldridge’s death.
Wade did not immediately comment on the arrests.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, jumped to politicize the death in a deranged attempt at attracting minority voters.
“Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” the Republican presidential nominee tweeted Saturday, not bothering to spell the NBA player’s name correctly.
Trump deleted the typo tweet after three hours and reposted it with proper spelling.
Johnson seemed clearly bothered about the tweet when asked about it at the Sunday conference.
“As for what Mr. Trump said — if you have a magic bullet to stop gun violence anywhere, not just in Chicago but in America, then please, share it with us,” he said.
“We’d be glad to take that information and stop this violence.”