Saturday, 27 August 2016

NBA star Dwyane Wade Cousin Victim in Fatal Shooting in Chicago

NBA star Dwyane Wade and his family have sadly been hit with the tragic news that his cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was fatally shot in Chicago yesterday afternoon (August 26).

Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother, was caught in crossfire while she was pushing one of her four children in a stroller in the city’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

Nykea Aldridge and NBA star Dwyane Wade
According to report, A mother who was shot and killed while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago's South Side Friday has been identified as a cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade. 

Chicago Police said Nykea Aldridge, 32, was shot in the head and arm by two men outside an elementary school at around 3:30 p.m. local time Friday. Investigators believe the shooters were targeting a third man. 

According to reports from Police, two people are currently being questioned by police and the shooting incident remains under investigation. Additionally, the shooting marks the fifteenth person who was affected by gun violence in Chicago in the past week alone. The baby in the stroller wasn't hurt, and authorities said a relative has taken custody of the child.

Wade, a Chicago native who recently signed as a free agent with the Bulls, was informed of the shooting 24 hours after taking part in an ESPN town hall on gun violence in the city. 

Wade took to Twitter to confirm the heartbreaking news, writing, “My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough.”

NBA star Dwyane Wade Tweet About His Cousins death
Aldridge's aunt, Jolinda Wade, told Fox 32 Chicago that Aldridge was the second child her sister had lost to gun violence. 

Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones told the station that Aldridge and her family recently moved to the neighborhood.

Jolinda Wade said would push for a community center to help people caught up in the city's ongoing violence.

"We're still going to try and help these people," she said. "To transform their minds and give them a different direction so this thing won't keep happening."

Wade discussed the city’s recent acts of violence during a video conference on Thursday, broadcasting from Miami.

“This is something that didn’t start today,” he offered. “This is something that is not going to end tomorrow. But this is something that we can start a conversation, we can start the work today.”

The basketball player (Dwyane Wade) was not in the city during the time of his cousin’s passing.

More details coming soon.

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