Basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin Nykea Aldridge was fatally shot while pushing a baby stroller down a South Side Chicago street Friday, raising questions about the state of gun laws in the country.
Pastor Edward Jones, a source close to the family, told the Associated Press (AP) that the 32-year-old was on her way to register her children for school as they had recently relocated. Aldridge was caught in the crossfire when two men started shooting at a third man.
She died about 45 minutes later at a hospital, succumbing to the injuries she sustained from a bullet to her head and another to her arm, CNN reported.
“Wasn’t bothering nobody, just going to register her kids in school and bullets that fly around that have no name decided to find its way to her head,” Aldridge’s aunt, Jolinda Wade, told Fox News.
Chicago police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill said two suspects were in custody, and that Aldridge was not the intended target. The child was not injured.
Wade, a 12-time NBA All-Star who is now playing for hometown Chicago Bulls, is an open critic of gun violence and appeared with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul to open the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards with a call for social change.
“The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, not to mention Orlando, it has to stop. Enough. Enough is enough,” he said.
Wade and his mother were also a part of an ESPN discussion on gun violence that took place at a YMCA in the city a day earlier.
“Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, 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,” she said, according to ESPN.