A mother who was shot and killed while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago’s South Side Friday has been identified as a cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade.
Chicago Police said Nykea Aldridge, 32, was shot in the head and arm by two men outside an elementary school at around 3:30 p.m. local time Friday. Investigators believe the shooters were targeting a third man.
Police said one of the men was being questioned Friday evening. The baby in the stroller wasn’t hurt, and authorities said a relative has taken custody of the child.
Wade, a Chicago native who recently signed as a free agent with the Bulls, was informed of the shooting 24 hours after taking part in an ESPN town hall on gun violence in the city.
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
“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 32 Chicago.
Jolinda Wade added that Aldridge was the second child her sister had lost to gun violence.
Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones told the station that Aldridge and her family recently moved to the neighborhood.
Jolinda Wade said would push for a community center to help people caught up in the city’s ongoing violence.
“We’re still going to try and help these people,” she said. “To transform their minds and give them a different direction so this thing won’t keep happening.”