CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Cavaliers are “filled with pain” after the fatal shooting of Ericka Weems, sister of Cavaliers’ director of scouting Brandon Weems.
“The entire Cavaliers organization was deeply saddened to learn about the tragic recent death of sister Brandon Weems, Ericka,” general manager Koby Altman said in a statement released Wednesday night. “Our hearts are heavy and painful at this pointless act. We extend our deepest condolences to Brandon, the entire Weems family, their loved ones and the Akron community. We will be with Brandon during these extremely difficult times and will provide our support and resources to help find justice for Ericka. “
Police found Ericka Weems, 37, dead from gunshot wounds in the head around 3 p.m. Monday in her bedroom on Hardesty Avenue in Akron. Family members called the police and asked the staff to check on her as they had been unable to reach her for a few days.
Police Lieutenant Akron Michael Miller said no arrests had been made. The detectives have yet to identify the motive, Miller said.
“Talking to people not only in the family but also in the community, she was the last person someone expected this to happen,” Miller said. “She hasn̵7;t had a bad relationship with anyone in her life. It looks like another pitiful and pointless murder. ”
Weems, who previously owned a daycare center in Columbus, Ohio, ran daycare at her West Akron estate.
“Dear my beautiful sister, we were just talking about celebrating your birthday and now I can’t believe you’re gone !! Deprived from me, your family and friends too soon, ”wrote Brandon Weems on Instagram. “You are really our mother. You have a kind heart and a warm soul. So be open to caring, helping and loving anyone who crosses your path. You just found your ‘light’ recently and you look amazing !! I am very proud of you and happy that you have finally found peace and happiness in your life. Why would someone want to do this to you ?? I am very angry, sad and hurt. My life would never have been like that without you !! But I’m glad you and mom got back together! Follow us from up there and I promise we’ll get you down !! Forever love you !! “
Brandon Weems initially joined the organization as a scout in 2015, after two seasons as an assistant coach at Oakland University in Michigan. His role with the Cavs has been expanding in recent years and he was appointed scouting director in July 2017.
Early Wednesday afternoon NBA star LeBron James – a lifelong friend and former high school teammate of Weems in St. Petersburg Vincent-St. Mary – went on social media, begging the public for any information regarding the shootings.
“AKRON OHIO !! My brother’s family needs answers for why and by whom, ”James tweeted. “My city, I need you all to go to work and find out who did this horrible, shameful, disgusting thing with such a caring, loving angel!”
James and Weems grew up together in Akron, first becoming Pee Wee’s soccer teammates for 5 and 6 year olds and then playing in the same basketball tournament a few years later. Weems and James once again teamed up in high school, leading St. Vincent-St is ranked nationally. Mary with many state championships. James’s first NBA playoff game was given to Weems’s mother, Brenda Lewis-Weems, who is also James’s godmother. She died in 2006 after battling cancer. A few years ago, in an interview with mlive.com, James called Weems one of his best friends.
“I’m sure I’ll be looking for him,” James said. “He’s my little brother.”
Miller said he hopes James’s attention to the case will lead to more people coming to the police.
“I hope that the community will feel the weight of the pain this family and all our victims feel,” Miller said. “If he puts a name behind a personal tragedy, I hope it works. Hopefully it pushes us closer to solving this problem ”.
Together with Altman, the power of Cavs and Larry Nance Jr, originally from Akron, has called for justice on social media.
“Akron, we need your help to find justice for Ericka and the Weems family,” says Nance.