“AKRON OHIO!! My brother’s sister was murdered this past weekend in her home! My brother family need answers to why and by whom,” James tweeted this week. “My city I need y’all to go to work and find out who did this awful, shameful, disgusting thing to such a caring, loving angel! #Justice4EricaWeems.”
37-year-old Ericka Weems was the sister of Brandon Weems, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ director of scouting and James’ longtime friend following their time together playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary. Her body was found inside her Akron home by her sister, Shermaine Weems-Reed, on Monday.
According to reports from News 5 Cleveland, Ericka was supposed to watch the child of a family friend on Monday. When the mother of the child couldn’t get in touch with Weems, she called Shermaine, who visited her sister’s home with her husband. That’s when Weems was found dead in her upstairs bedroom. Later, the Summit County Medical Examiner determined that she died from a gunshot wound to the head. Her case has been ruled a homicide.
According to Weems’ father Darrell, he last saw Ericka at his home on Saturday night.
“She left me about 9 o’clock. I told her to call me when she got home, and she never called,” he said. “I called her all day Sunday. No answer.”
“To my beautiful sister…We were just talking about celebrating your birthday and now I can’t believe you are gone!! Taken from me, the family, and your friends way too soon!! You were truly our moms child. You had such a kind heart and a warm soul…”
“The entire Cavaliers organization was terribly saddened to learn about the recent tragic death of Brandon Weems. Our hearts are heavy and filled with pain over this senseless act. We express 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 will offer our assistance and resources to help find justice for Ericka.”
Prayers to Brandon Weems and his entire family!