Mother of 4, Wade’s cousin, shot dead while pushing baby in stroller on South Side

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Chicago basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot dead while she was pushing her baby in a stroller Friday afternoon near an elementary school in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood, according to police and a family spokesman.

Nykea Aldridge, 32, and a man were walking in the 6300 block of South Calumet Avenue about 3:30 p.m. when two men approached and someone began firing at the man, authorities and the family spokesman said.

Aldridge was hit in the head and the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died, police said. The baby was not hurt, and a relative came to the scene and took the child, police said.

Aldridge had gone to register her children at Dulles School of Excellence when the shooting happened, said the Rev. Edward Jones Sr., a spokesman for the family. The school is next to the Parkway Gardens apartment complex where Aldridge had lived for about four months, Jones said.

Aldridge is the daughter of Wade’s mother’s sister, the pastor said. He said Aldridge had four children, the youngest just a couple of weeks old.

“(She was a) Christian woman, a loving mother and somebody who aspired to make a life for herself and her family,” Jones said.

Wade issued a statement on Twitter late Friday.

“My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough,” the post read.

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Outside the emergency room at Stroger Hospital on Friday afternoon, family members stood in a circle and held hands as they prayed for Aldridge. Afterward, some wiped their eyes. Among those at the hospital was Dwyane Wade’s mother, Jolinda Wade.

“Even though this tragedy has hit our family, we will continue our focus to come against the violence in the city of Chicago,” Jones said. “We will continue to pray, and we ask for prayers as we pray for everyone who has to go through this type of violence.” Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Chicago police questioning two in shooting death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin

Chicago police were questioning two people on Saturday in connection with the shooting death of a cousin of Chicago Bull Dwyane Wade as they looked into the possibility that the stray bullet that killed her was fired during a robbery attempt, authorities said.

Nykea Aldridge, 32, and a man were walking in the 6300 block of South Calumet Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Friday when two men approached and someone began firing at the man, authorities and the family spokesman said.

Aldridge, who was pushing her baby in a stroller, was hit in the head and the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died, police said. The baby was not hurt, and a relative came to the scene and took the child, police said.

Police said Aldridge, a mother of four young children, including the baby who is just weeks old, was an unintended target.

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