Dwyane Wade Comments on Death of Cousin in Chicago Shooting

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

NBA player Dwyane Wade speaks at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Nykea Aldridge, the first cousin of Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, was shot and killed on the South Side of Chicago on Friday afternoon, according to WGN-TVShe was 32 years old. 

Citing police, NBC 5 Chicago reported Aldridge was "apparently the unintended victim of a gang shooting." 

"She wasn't bothering anybody, just going to register her kids in school—and bullets that fly around have no name decided to find its way to her head," said pastor Jolinda Wade, Dwyane's mother.

CNN's Ralph Ellis, Vivian Kuo and Steve Almasy reported on Sunday that police arrested two men in connection to the shooting.

Brothers Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, have each been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder, police said Sunday.
Darwin Sorrells has also been charged with a count of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.
Aldridge was pushing her infant child in a stroller near the Dulles School of Excellence on the South Side when several men started shooting, police said.
One of the bullets hit Aldridge in the head. Another struck her in an arm. She died about 45 minutes later at a hospital.
The child, about 3 weeks old, was not hurt, family spokesman Edward Jones said.
Police have not said why the shooting occurred, but that Aldridge was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire. She was near the school because she planned to register some of her four children, police said.

Shortly after the news broke, Wade took to Twitter and commented on the tragic events: 

DWade @DwyaneWade

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

RIP Nykea Aldridge... #EnoughIsEnough

"This is one particular time our family wished we didn't have to be speaking to the media about anything," Jolinda Wade added, per NBC 5 Chicago. "[I] just sat up on a panel yesterday, [with ESPN website] The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that we would be the ones...actually living and experiencing it."

After discussing gun violence on a panel with The Undefeated, Dwyane Wade posted this on Twitter on Thursday:

DWade @DwyaneWade

Every 16 mins someone in Chicago is killed by a firearm #TheUndefeated @espn

The Bulls also issued a statement, saying the organization was "deeply saddened" by the news of Aldridge's death.


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