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Two Charged in Shooting Death of Nykea Aldridge, Cousin of Dwyane Wade

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Two brothers have been charged with the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, 32, on Chicago’s South Side on Friday. The tragedy has gained additional attention due to the fact that Aldridge is the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, and because presidential candidate Donald Trump made inflammatory comments about the case.

Derren and Darwin Sorells, 22 and 26 respectively, were both charged with murder. According to police, they both opened fire at a different person. Aldridge was fatally struck as she passed by, pushing a stroller with one of her four children. She had reportedly just come from registering another child for. The coming school year. No one else was injured in the shooting.

Both Sorells have previous felony records. Derren was released following four years in prison just two weeks before Friday’s shooting. Darwin had also been in prison for several years until earlier this year.

The Bulls guard has been an outspoken critic of the gun violence which has spiked in his hometown over the last several years.

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

Even considering the Republican nominee’s daily stream of shocking statements, many were surprised when he weighed in on the shooting, and used it as an opportunity to promote himself.

“Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago,” he tweeted on Saturday, misspelling Wade’s first name. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP.”

Earlier this week, Trump received criticism after describing the current state of black life in America in bleak terms, and blaming Democratic policies. After a swift backlash against his tweet, Trump tweeted condolences to the family and mentioned Ms. Aldridge by name.

Despite black support for Trump consistently polling below 10%, conservatives like to say liberal policies have in fact been bad for minorities. They often point to staunchly Democratic cities like Detroit and Chicago as evidence of failed liberal policies. Conservatives take particular delight in bashing the latter, as it is the adopted hometown of President Barack Obama.

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