Two brothers have been arrested in the shooting death of a cousin of Chicago Bull Dwyane Wade, Chicago police announced Sunday morning.
Derren Sorrells, 22, and Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, were charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the homicide of Nykea Aldridge, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Darwin Sorrells was also charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to land.
It was not immediately clear which of the brothers was the alleged shooter, but Guglielmi referred to the older Sorrells as the “co-conspirator.”
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Deputy Chief Jimmy Jones are scheduled to discuss the charges at an 11:30 a.m. news conference at police headquarters.
Aldridge, 32, was pushing a baby stroller in the 6300 block of South Calumet at 3:30 p.m. Friday when she was shot in the head and arm. She was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. Aldridge’s baby wasn’t hurt in the shooting.
Authorities have said they were looking into the possibility that the bullet that killed her was fired during a robbery attempt involving a driver for the ride-sharing company Uber.
Both brothers have lengthy criminal records and were on parole at the time of Aldridge’s shooting.
Darwin Sorrells, of the 7500 block of South Wentworth Avenue, served three years in state prison for 2013 convictions of receiving, possessing or selling a stolen vehicle and for unlawful use or possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was paroled in early February.
He also was convicted in 2011 of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was sentenced to five years on that charge. He also has felony convictions from 2007 for aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
Derren Sorrells, of the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue, served four years in state prison for 2012 convictions of possession of a stolen vehicle and violating the terms of his electronic monitoring. He was paroled Aug. 12, according to the IDOC website. He also is a documented member of the Gangster Disciples, according to Guglielmi.
Wade has only commented publicly about the tragedy through his Twitter account, posting on Saturday: “RIP Nykea Aldridge… #EnoughIsEnough” as well as “The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help & more hands on deck.”
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