Dwyane Wade's Cousin Mourned as Mom Says She Forgives Suspects: 'Too Soon She Was Taken Away From Us'
There was raw emotion as the slain cousin of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade was honored by her grieving family at a vigil Sunday.
Nykea Aldridge was killed in the crossfire as she walked with a baby stroller Friday during a shootout in Chicago. Police say she was an innocent bystander and not the intended target during the shooting.
Wade's mother, Jolinda, who is a pastor, sent a message to the two suspects.
She said Sunday at a vigil for Aldridge: “We forgive you. In the name of Jesus, we forgive you.”
The dead woman's mother, Diann, also spoke and said: “Her life is gone. And she can’t come back. This is my baby girl, just a life that’s gone too soon. She was taken away from us.”
Mourners released purple balloons - the victim’s favorite color.
On Sunday, 2 brothers were arrested and charged in connection to Aldridge’s death.
Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, were both charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke at a press conference following the arrest, saying the city has been plagued by gun violence.
“Chicago has recovered a gun for every hour of 2016," he said.
Just the day before the killing, the Chicago Bulls star and his mother took part in an ESPN town hall about gun violence. Wade famously spoke out against gun violence and controversial police shootings in June at the ESPYs.
This is not the first time Wade’s family have been the victim of gun violence. In 2012, the 3-time NBA champion’s nephew was shot twice in the leg but recovered.