Chicago Brothers Arrested For The Murder Of Dwyane Wade's Cousin, Nykea Aldridge

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Dwyane Wade's mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, reveals her niece is the second child her sister has lost to gun violence.

Chicago police have arrested two men for the murder of 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge.

Following a weekend filled with national outrage as the Chicago community continues to struggle with the devastating effects of gun violence in the city, Chicago police announced Sunday that they have charged brothers Darwin Sorrells Jr. and Derren Sorrells with first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with Aldridge’s shooting death. 

They are believed to have been targeting a man who was in the same vicinity as Aldridge when they opened fire. Authorities have confirmed that the mother of four was not the intended target and was simply caught in the crossfire. 

According to the Huffington Post, the two men were described by police as "documented gang members" and convicted felons with extensive criminal records.

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While consoling her sister shortly after the family received the news, Dwyane Wade's mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, revealed that her niece is her sister's second child killed by gun violence. 

"Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago," Pastor Wade said. "Never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it." 

Despite the family's pain, Pastor Wade vowed to remain committed to finding a solution to end the senseless killings plaguing the city.

Aldridge’s life was cut short after two stray bullets fatally struck her while she was pushing her baby in a stroller on Chicago's Southside last Friday afternoon. Police have not yet confirmed a motive for the shooting.

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