A relative of Chicago Bulls guard, Dwyane Wade, was shot Friday afternoon, after being caught in a crossfire between unidentified gunmen. Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was on her way to an elementary school when the gunmen began firing at each other. Aldridge, who was also pushing a stroller, was hit in the head an arm by the bullets and died 45 minutes later in the hospital.
Dwyane Wade’s mother, Jolina Wade, said that Aldridge was simply on her way to her kids’ school to register them for the upcoming year. The baby was unharmed and is now safely in the custody of one of her relatives.
“She wasn’t bothering nobody,” she told reporters, “She was just going to register her kids at school.”
Police reports indicated that Aldridge was not the intended target of the gunmen, but shed more light on rampant gun violence, which has been a growing concern in the city, which, according to a report by Chicago Tribune, already has 455 homicides in the first half of 2016.
Dwyane Wade, who has been a strong and vocal critic of gun ownership and violence, took to Twitter to react about his cousin’s passing.
My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016
Fellow NBA and WNBA players and media personalities have already voiced their support for the athlete and his family.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) August 27, 2016
@DwyaneWade 💔 Praying for you, the whole family, her beautiful children and the city of Chicago.. My GOD this has to stop! 🙏🏾
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) August 27, 2016
@DwyaneWade This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss.
— Deborah Cox (@Deborah_Cox) August 27, 2016
The Chicago Bulls have also released a statement in relation to the incident.
Official Chicago Bulls Statement on the Passing of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin: https://t.co/vbRL4v5bc3
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 27, 2016
This is not the first time that Wade’s family has been involved in gun-related violence. In 2012, his nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot while shopping at a grocery. Two gunmen had opened fire and hit Johnson in the leg. The then 20-year old boy, survived the incident, while one of the gunmen was killed in the shooting.
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The police have reported that they have already apprehended two suspects in relation to the death of Wade’s cousin.
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