Dwyane Wade's Cousin Shot Dead Pushing Stroller

Cops say she was caught in the crossfire in Chicago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2016 5:08 AM CDT
Dwyane Wade's Cousin Killed in Chicago
\NBA basketball players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James, from left, gave an anti-violence talk at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.   (Chris Pizzello)

NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago on Friday while pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she intended to register her children. Family members say Nykea Aldridge, 32, had recently relocated to the area on the city's South Side, the AP reports. Chicago police say she was killed Friday when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man but hit Aldridge in the head and arm. She wasn't the intended target, police say. Family members are caring for the baby, who wasn't hurt. Police said Friday evening that they are questioning witnesses in the shooting but have no suspects in custody.

Wade, a Chicago native who signed with the Chicago Bulls in July after 13 years with the Miami Heat, tweeted: "My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough." Just a day earlier, Wade had participated via satellite in a town hall meeting in Chicago on gun violence hosted by ESPN, along with his mother, pastor Jolinda Wade. Outside the emergency room where Aldridge was pronounced dead Friday, Jolinda Wade said she participated in the town hall meeting on gun violence Thursday, "never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would actually be living and experiencing it." (At the ESPY Awards last month, Wade and other NBA stars pleaded for an end to gun violence.)

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