Sierra’li Wade

A student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was fatally shot and her brother was injured Monday evening while playing basketball at a park in Lake Village.

Sierra’li Wade, a freshman at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, ROTC cadet, and student-athlete, was home on break from school when she was killed.

When police arrived at an outdoor basketball court at park in Lake Village on Monday, shortly before 5:30 p.m., they found Wade and her brother, Deonte R. Balhin, 23, suffering from gunshot wounds. Wade and Balhin were transported to Chicot Memorial Hospital were Wade was pronounced dead.


Octavius Easterling

Lake Village Police are searching for a person allegedly involved in the shooting that killed Wade and injured Balhin.

Octavius Easterling, 41, of Lake Village is wanted by police in connection with the shooting.