Very sad news. Nykea Aldridge, mother of four and cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, was shot and killed by Friday afternoon, by crossfire in Chicago.
Wade, who recently joined an ESPN round-table talking about the violence plaguing the city, tweeted about his cousin’s death.
According to reports, Police said Aldridge had just left the Dulles School of Excellence around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300-block of South Calumet when two men approached another man in the vicinity and opened fire. Deputy Chief James Jones said the altercation between the men had nothing to do with her.
The 32-year-old was struck in the head and arm by crossfire. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Family members, including Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, gathered at Stroger and spoke about their loss. Pastor Wade held her sobbing sister, Aldridge’s mother, close the entire time.
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.
We’re still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won’t keep happening. We’re still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head.
Investigators said Aldridge was an innocent bystander and not the intended target. The Chicago Bulls released a statement on the shooting, saying,
The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time.
The police investigation is ongoing.