Former University of Rhode Island basketball player Alwayne Bigby was charged with first-degree murder for the death of a 33-year-old mother of four on April 12 in Toronto.

Bigby, 23, earned his master’s degree in education at URI and played for the basketball team in the 2012-13 season.  The Toronto native averaged 1.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in about 10 minutes a game.

Police believe no one was targeted and that reckless shooting caused the murder.  Michael Davani, 21, is also being charged with first-degree murder.

Investigators believe that earlier in the day, Bigby and Davani attended a memorial service for a man who was murdered last year.  The service was held on the anniversary of his birthday.  According to the police, Bigby and Davani drove to the housing complex where the man for whom they attended the memorial service, was killed. 

Around 11 p.m. they allegedly shot six times in the housing complex and two housing units were hit. Investigators believe they shot out of anger without any specific target.  Andrea White, 33, was in her garage at the time with family and friends when she was hit.  She was pronounced dead on the scene.

“I have no connection between anyone in that garage, anyone in that residence, let alone anyone in that complex and the shooters,” Det. Hank Idsinga said at a press conference on April 16.

White was wounded in the abdomen and, according to the Toronto Sun, her family and friends carried her into her home, where she died.

Police allege a white SUV was seen fleeing the area of the death and refused to pull over.  According to the police, they abandoned their car and tried to escape on foot.  Davani was arrested attempting to escape and Bigby turned himself in the next morning.  Police found the gun that was allegedly used for the murder.

“Andrea White did not deserve what happened,” Deputy Chief Peter Sloly said.  She is a leader in the community and a central figure in her family.  Her death has sent ripples throughout her family, the Forest Creek Co-op, the surrounding neighborhood and indeed right across the city.

Before Bigby came to Kingston, he played three seasons at Northeastern University where he earned his criminal justice degree.  Bigby averaged 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in about 23 minutes in his last year at Northeastern.  

Bigby was remanded into custody and appeared in court on Tuesday.  Davani was remanded until May 6.