LeBron James demands justice for the murder of his friend Brandon Weems’ sister, Erica Weems. Brandon is one of James’ closest friends from Akron, Ohio, Michican Live reported. Their friendship dates back to high school.
“AKRON OHIO!!! My brother’s sister was murdered in her house last weekend! My brother’s family needs answers about why and by whom,” the basketball star twittered on Wednesday afternoon. “My town, I need all of you to go to work and find out who did this horrible, shameful, disgusting thing to such a caring, loving angel! #Justice4EricaWeems #
AKRON OHIO!! My brother’s sister was murdered in her house last weekend! My brother’s family needs answers about why and by whom she was murdered. In my city I need yâall to go to work and find out who did this terrible, shameful, disgusting thing to such a caring, loving angel! #Justice4EricaWeemsâ¤ï¸ð
– LeBron James (@KingJames) November 4, 2020
The New York Daily News reported that the 37-year-old was found in her bedroom on Monday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the head. The Akron’s Summit County medical examiner classified the case as a homicide.
There is no denying the momentum created by James’ support for every cause that he stands up for. In the past, the star of Los Angeles Laker has spoken out against police brutality and racial profiling.
In July, James said he was proud of the work that has been done in the Black Lives Matter movement, but he also knew there were other challenges ahead. “There has been progress. But in the past, when we’ve seen progress, we’ve taken our foot off the gas a little,” he said, adding that we “must continue to spread love across America.
On July 31, James and his Lakers teammates kneeled down before the game against the LA Clippers during the national anthem. Both teams also wore a T-shirt with the message “Black Lives Matter.
In October he told the New York Times why he uses his platform as an athlete to talk about racial inequality. “We believe that blacks, our community, have been pushed away from our civic duty,” said the four-time NBA MVP. “We have been fed misinformation for many years.”
“And I’m in a position to educate people and show them through “More Than a Vote” how important this movement is and how important their civic duty is. Not only to strengthen themselves, but also to give something back to their community,” he added. “This is something that is very close to our hearts – and it is something that is very close to my heart. I am happy and honored to have these athletes and these influencers and the people who want to get involved with me as well”.
He also asked Instagram to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on election day. “One more day. Please vote. We have to change everything, and everything begins tomorrow,” he described a picture of the Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Updated Nov. 4, 20/2020 at 2:55 p.m. EST: This article has been updated to include more context about the causes LeBron James talked about….