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Best Friend Charged in Deadly Sorek Shooting Case

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Erie police have filed criminal charges against the young man they say pulled the trigger of a loaded .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun, killing his friend 23-year old Abram Sorek.  Aladin Jojic, age 23, of Cherryboro Drive was arraigned Monday afternoon before District Magistrate Tom Carney on charges of involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and aggravated assault.  The case has been under investigation since the deadly shot was fired inside a home at 609 Kahkwa Boulevard on April 12 at 3:16 AM.  Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook ruled the death a case of homicide due to a gunshot wound to the head.  According to the Erie police criminal complaint Jojic told investigators he began "playing" with the handgun upon carrying it inside the residence, pointed the handgun in the victim's direction, pulled the slide of the handgun, and fired it shooting the victim in the head.

Jojic surrendered to Erie police Monday afternoon.  Police transported him to district court for arraignment. Attorney Philip Friedman represented Jojic at the proceeding.  He called the shooting a terrible accident, saying he was disappointed by the decision by police and the district attorney to file charges.  "I am," said Friedman, "you know it'a just a terrible tragedy from everybody's standpoint.  I was hopeful that they would not charge him, but they have.  But I can tell you that Aladin's prayers are always with Abram's family."  Friedman went on to say that Jojic is not doing well.  "He's been devastated by this.  This was his best friend, since they were five or six years old. They spent all their time together, he wouldn't have hurt that kid in a million years."

District Attorney Jack Daneri said, "There's no malice alleged, and obviously we didn't indicate that he intended to kill his friend Abram Sorek."  Daneri went on to say, "Nevertheless, we have conduct which was reckless, in him playing with the gun, being told the gun was loaded...we've alleged that he pointed the gun at Abe Sorek after being warned and he pulled the trigger."

In the affidavit of probable cause, police say Jojic admitted to drinking beer and vodka earlier in the night, when he met friends, including the victim, at a bar.  At 1:30 AM, the group went to socialize in the outdoor hot tub at the Kahkwa Boulevard home of another friend Michael Wilcko.  That's when investigators say Jojic expressed that he was considering buying a gun.  A short time later, police say Wilcko brought a handgun to the group, while they were still in the hot tub. Wilcko and another friend told police he removed the clip and told Jojic to be careful while handling the handgun in the hot tub. 

When the group headed back into the home, Wilcko told police he put the ammunition clip back into the gun and asked Jojic to carry it inside, warning him that it was now loaded.  That's when the complaint says while playing with the handgun Aladin Jojic chambered a live round and pulled the handgun's trigger, shooting the victim in the head.

After being fingerprinted and processed at police headquarters, Jojic will be free on $100,000 unsecured bond.  He faces a preliminary hearing Monday, May 19 before Magistrate Tom Robie in central court at the Erie County Courthouse.
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