LeBron James and his former Ohio NBA team are demanding justice for Ericka Weems, the 37-year-old sister of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ scouting director who was found fatally shot at her home on Monday afternoon.
Akron Police said Weems was found in her room around 3 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head. Although authorities have not identified any suspects in the case, the Akron County medical examiner said the case was a homicide.
“AKRON OHIO !! My brother’s sister was murdered last weekend in her house! My brother family needs answers as to why and by whom, ”the Los Angeles Laker star tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “My city, I need you to go to work and find out who did this horrible, shameful, disgusting thing to such a caring and loving angel!”
Family members say Weems was last seen at the parents’ home on Saturday night. When Weems failed to show up at a family friend’s house on Monday to watch a child, the friend called her sister, Shermaine Weems-Reed, who went to her house with her husband. There the couple found Weems in the upstairs bedroom and called the authorities.
“I just knew something was wrong with my heart and it was,” Weems-Reed told News 5 Cleveland.
Weems, who previously owned a day care center in Columbus, Ohio, was the sister of Brandon Weems, the scouting director for the Cleveland NBA team who first drafted James in 2003. According to ESPN, James and Weems grew up together in Akron, and remained close friends in high school, where they both played on the St. Vincent-St. Mary.
“She had a passion and love for children,” said Brandon Weems, 33. “She could get children to say and do things that even their parents couldn’t do.”
Weems ‘mother, Brenda Lewis-Weems, was James’ godmother and passed away shortly before the NBA star’s 2006 playoff debut. James and Weems have always surrounded the NBA world. After coaching college basketball at the University of Kentucky, Drexel University and Oakland University, Weems was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as a scout in 2015, before being promoted to director of the screening in 2017. In 2018, James left Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since joining the Lakers, James has become a leading force in encouraging the team to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice, especially amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. .
“The entire Cavaliers organization was saddened to learn of the recent tragic death of Brandon Weems’ sister Ericka,” the Cleveland Cavaliers said in a statement on Twitter. “Our hearts are heavy and full of pain because of this foolish act. We extend our deepest condolences to Brandon, the entire Weems family, their loved ones and the Akron community. We will be with Brandon throughout this extremely difficult time and offer our help and resources to help find justice for Ericka.
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