NBA star LeBron James made a public appeal when searching for information regarding the death of his friend’s sister’s death.
Police in Akron, Ohio, said in a Facebook post that Ericka Weems, 37, was found dead at her home on Monday afternoon due to an apparent gunshot wound. There is no doubt at this point.
“The investigation is ongoing and is in an early stage,” the police said.
The Summit County Medical Examiner Office said the death was being investigated as a murder.
The Los Angeles Lakers star, from Akron, posted a tweet on Wednesday demanding justice. James was childhood friends with Weems̵7;s brother, Brandon Weems, the director of scouting for Cleveland Cavaliers.
“AKRON OHIO !! My brother’s sister was murdered last weekend at her house! My brother’s family needs answers for why and by whom,” James wrote. “My city, I need you all to go to work and find out who did this bad, shameful, disgusting thing with such a caring, loving angel!”
Brandon Weems retweeted James’s post, thanks for the athlete’s support. In a long Instagram post, he remembered his sister as someone with “a kind heart and a warm soul.”
“Why would anyone want to do this to you ?? I’m so angry and heartbroken,” he wrote along with the pictures of his sister. “My life would never be like that without you !! But I’m happy that you and mom are back together! Watch out for us ever since and I promise we’ll bring you down here!” ! Love you forever and always !! “
Cavaliers said in a statement that they were “deeply grieved” about the death.
“Our hearts are heavy and full of pain at this pointless act,” the organization said in a tweet. “We extend our deepest condolences to Brandon, the entire Weems family, their loved ones and the Akron community. We will be with Brandon during this extremely difficult time and will provide support. Our support and resources to help find justice for Ericka. “
Darrell Weems, Weems’s father, told local station WEWS-TV that the last time he saw his daughter was on Saturday at his home. He said she intended to call him after that night but she never called. When he tried to call her on Sunday, he got no answer.
Her family said she owns a daycare in Columbus, but has closed it and recently opened an out-of-home care service. She was supposed to see a friend’s child on Monday, but the friend was unable to reach her, according to WEMS.
Akron Police Lieutenant Michael Miller told Cleveland.com he hoped James’s attention to the case would give people advice.
“I hope that the community will feel the weight of the pain this family and all our victims feel,” said Miller. “If he puts a name behind a personal tragedy, I hope it works. Hopefully it pushes us closer to solving this problem ”.