A family spokesman says a cousin of Chicago Bulls NBA star Dwayne Wade has been fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on the city’s South Side.
The incident took place less than 24 hours after the former Miami Heat guard, who announced he would be joining the Chicago Bulls last month, had participated in an ESPN town hall on violence, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Pastor Edward Jones says 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge was walking to register her children for school Friday after recently relocating.
Wade took to social media to express his grief over the fatal shooting:
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
Chicago police say Aldridge was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man Friday afternoon but shot Aldridge in her head and an arm. Police say she wasn’t the intended target.
Police say the baby wasn’t hurt. A relative took custody of the child, the Sun Times said.
Wade’s mother, Jolinda Wade who participated in the anti-violence panel with Wade spoke with reporters about her niece’s tragic death. “Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated,” she said. “Talking about the violence that’s going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it.”
Police say one of the males who fired shots was being questioned Friday. No suspects have been taken into custody, but the investigation is continuing.
The Bulls released a statement Friday night that said “the entire Chicago Bulls organization” was “deeply saddened” by Aldridge’s death.