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Dwyane Wade Mourns Shooting Death of Cousin: ‘Another Senseless Act of Gun Violence’

NBA star Dwyane Wade mourned the shooting death of his first cousin Nykea Aldridge in Chicago, on Friday, August 26, grieving the loss publicly on Twitter and calling for change.

“My cousin was killed today in Chicago,” the 34-year-old Chicago Bulls player wrote on Friday. “Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough.”

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According to ABC News, Chicago police are currently investigating the incident, which took place Friday afternoon when Aldridge, 32, was pushing a stroller through the city’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade attends the Wade’s World Foundation Dinner.

Two men who were exchanging gunfire nearby accidentally shot her in the arm and the head, police told ABC News, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly afterward. The child in the stroller was unharmed.

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On Saturday, Wade returned to Twitter to further condemn the killing, using the hashtag “#EnoughIsEnough.”

Dwyane Wade cousin Nykea Aldridge
Nykea Aldridge

“RIP Nykea Aldridge,” he wrote. “The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help & more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH! These young kids are screaming for help!!!”

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In July, Wade joined LeBron James and other athletes at the 2016 ESPY Awards to make a passionate call to action.

“The racial profiling has to stop,” Wade said on stage at the time. “The shoot-to-kill mentality has to stop. … Enough is enough. Now, as athletes, it’s on us to challenge each other to do even more than what we already do in our own communities.”

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