Former University of Rhode Island basketball player Alwayne Bigby was charged with first-degree murderÂ for the death of a 33-year-old mother of four on April 12Â in Toronto.
Bigby, 23, earned his master’s degree in education at URI and played for the basketball team in the 2012-13 season.Â The Toronto native averaged 1.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in about 10 minutes a game.
Police believeÂ no one was targetedÂ andÂ thatÂ reckless shooting caused the murder.Â Michael Davani, 21, is alsoÂ being charged with first-degree murder.
Investigators believe thatÂ earlier in the day,Â Bigby and Davani attended a memorial service forÂ aÂ man who was murdered last year.Â Â The service was held on the anniversary of his birthday.Â According to the police, Bigby and Davani drove to the housing complex where the manÂ forÂ whomÂ they attended the memorialÂ service, was killed.Â
Around 11 p.m. they allegedly shot six times in the housing complexÂ and two housing units were hit.Â Investigators believe theyÂ shot out of anger without anyÂ specific target.Â Andrea White, 33, wasÂ in her garageÂ at the timeÂ with family and friendsÂ when she was hit.Â She wasÂ 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.Â Hank Idsinga saidÂ at a press conference on April 16.
White was wounded in the abdomen and,Â according to the Toronto Sun, her family and friends carried her into her home, where she died.
Police allegeÂ a white SUV wasÂ seen fleeing the area of the death and refused to pull over.Â Â According to the police, theyÂ abandoned their car and tried to escape on foot.Â Â Davani was arrestedÂ attemptingÂ to escape and Bigby turned himself in the next morning.Â Police found the gun thatÂ was allegedlyÂ used for the murder.
“Andrea White did not deserve what happened,” Deputy Chief Peter Sloly said.Â Â “She is a leader in the community and a central figure in her family.Â Her death has sent ripples throughout her family, the Forest Creek Co-op, the surrounding neighborhoodÂ and indeed right across the city.”
BeforeÂ Bigby came to Kingston, he played three seasonsÂ atÂ Northeastern University where he earned his criminal justice degree.Â Bigby averaged 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in about 23 minutes in his last year at Northeastern. Â
Bigby was remanded into custodyÂ and appeared in court on Tuesday.Â Â Davani was remanded until May 6.