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Two Men Charged With Fatally Shooting Nykea Aldridge

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Two men were charged Sunday morning with the shooting death of Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge.

Derren Sorrells, 22, and Darwin Sorrells, 26, were both charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder, according to a statement from Chicago Police. The two men are brothers.

Both men were ordered held Sunday without bail during a court hearing.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the suspects are an example of the city's problem with repeat offenders, which he has spoken about frequently in recent months. Darwin Sorrells was sentenced to six years in prison in January 2013 on a gun charge and was released early on parole, while Derren Sorrells is a known gang member who also was on parole.

"They don't care who they shoot and they don't fear the consequences," he said, noting as he has in the past that about 1,400 people are driving 85 percent of the city's gun violence. He added that the city has gotten very good at predicting who will be the perpetrators and the victims of gun violence.


Derren Sorrells lives in the 6000 block of South Indiana, and Darwin Sorrells, who was also charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass, lives in the 7500 block of South Wentworth, police said.

Aldridge was shot and killed while pushing a baby stroller Friday afternoon in the South Side Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

"My cousin was killed today in Chicago," Wade tweeted Friday night. "Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough."

Aldridge, of the 6400 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, was taken to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and arm and was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

About 3:30 p.m., Aldridge, 32, was walking with a baby in a stroller and a man in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two male suspects walked up and fired shots at a third man, according to Chicago Police.

"As she was walking down the street some type of altercation occurred which didn't involve her," Deputy Chief of Detectives James Jones told reporters at Chicago Police headquarters Friday night.

Chicago Police Commander Brendan Deenihan said the man was some kind of ride-sharing driver, not an Uber driver, who has just dropped off two women in the area of 63rd and Calument.


A vigil for Aldridge is planned for Sunday at 1 p.m., at Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center. Friends and family will come together to pray for healing for those grieving the loss of Nykea Aldridge and for peace for the city at large.

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