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Dwyane Wade’s Family Plans Vigil, Launches Fund for Fatally Shot Cousin

Nykea Aldridge/Facebook(CHICAGO) — Chicago police are questioning three individuals in connection with the fatal shooting Friday night of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, a police spokesman confirmed to ABC News early Sunday morning.

The mother-of-four was gunned down while pushing a stroller through Chicago’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side, when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head.

Aldridge, 32, was an innocent bystander and not the intended target, police said.

As police interview persons of interest, the devastated Wade family is inviting community members to a vigil at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center in Chicago. According to its website, the center “was developed in part to assist the City of Chicago in their continued efforts to decrease the violence and fatalities by providing a safe haven and high quality programming for our youth.”

The family has also established a trust fund for Aldridge’s four children. Donation checks can be made payable to the Nykea Aldrige Children’s Fund and mailed to Seaway National Bank, Attn: Daryl Newell, Chief Retail Officer, 645 East 87th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60619.

Wade, who announced his first cousin’s death on Twitter Friday night, returned to Twitter on Saturday with a trio of tweets, expressing frustration with the city’s gun violence. “RIP Nykea Aldridge… #EnoughIsEnough,” read the Chicago Bulls player’s first tweet.

He continued, “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!” His final tweet read, “These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough.”

RIP Nykea Aldridge… #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

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!

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

Public figures, including fellow athletes, took to Twitter to express their condolences to Wade.

“This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss,” tweeted singer and actress Deborah Cox.

@DwyaneWade This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss.

— Deborah Cox (@Deborah_Cox) August 27, 2016

Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter tweeted, “I’m sorry for your loss my man. @DwyaneWade Thoughts and prayers with your family. #EnoughIsEnough.”

I’m sorry for your loss my man. @DwyaneWade
Thoughts and prayers with your family.
🙏 #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/2npihhzHPq

— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) August 27, 2016

And WNBA star Swin Cash of New York Liberty, tweeted, “@DwyaneWade Praying for you, the whole family, her beautiful children and the city of Chicago.. My GOD this has to stop!”

@DwyaneWade 💔 Praying for you, the whole family, her beautiful children and the city of Chicago.. My GOD this has to stop! 🙏🏾

— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) August 27, 2016

On Saturday, many celebrities took issue with Donald Trump’s tweet, in which he misspelled Wade’s first name and took the opportunity to appeal to African-American voters. The Republican presidential nominee tweeted, “Dwayne [sic] Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I’ve been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”

That prompted music producer and former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams to tweet, “@realDonaldTrump An absolute disgrace.”

@realDonaldTrump An absolute disgrace

— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) August 27, 2016

In response to Trump’s tweet, actress Holly Robinson Peete tweeted, “I am just…I am so offended by this I can barely breathe. My prayers and condolences go out to the Wade family.”

I am just…I am so offended by this I can barely breathe.

My prayers and condolences go out to the Wade family💔😢 pic.twitter.com/sg8K1DuPNH

— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) August 27, 2016

But actor Don Cheadle was less reserved with his words, requoting Trump’s tweet and adding “You are truly a POS,” an acronym for “piece of s***.”

You are truly a POS https://t.co/cyTwxgxwDh

— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 27, 2016

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Tim Kaine Calls Out Trump Over Tweets About Dwyane Wade’s Cousin

ABCNews.com(MIAMI LAKES, Fla.) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine reacted to Donald Trump tweeting about NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin being the victim of gun violence, saying the only appropriate reaction is sympathy.

Kaine also criticized Trump for calling his running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a bigot.

“My reaction is we just ought to be extending our sympathy to the family. That’s the only reaction that is appropriate right now and maybe a sadness about this gun violence issue, which we know it’s complicated but that is, you see something like this and it’s just, we should redouble our efforts to really adopt and promote smart strategies on that. But the sympathy issue is the one that ought to be our strong first reaction,” Kaine said of Trump’s tweet.

Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016

Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was killed Friday in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, according to police.

Kaine made the remarks about Trump’s tweet following a tour of the small business, Design South Florida, in Miami Lakes, Florida.

“The tweet isn’t important. What’s important is this horrible crime, you know a woman and her child on her way to a store getting shot. I mean it’s really, really tragic and of course you need good leadership to focus on these issues,” Kaine said.

ABC News asked Kaine about remarks he made Friday in Tallahassee connecting Trump to “Ku Klux Klan values.”

“He has supporters like David Duke connected with the Ku Klux Klan who are going around and saying Donald Trump is their candidate because Donald Trump is pushing their values. Ku Klux Klan values, David Duke values, Donald Trump values are not American values,” Kaine said Friday at Florida A&M University.

On Saturday, Kaine said he was not saying Trump had “Ku Klux Klan values.”

“What I said yesterday was he’s got guys connected with the Ku Klux Klan who are out, they are claiming him. And his record of, you know, sometimes he doesn’t disabuse that and sometimes he seems to want to take advantage of that, and that I find that very troubling,” Kaine said.

When asked earlier this year about what he thought about white supremacists, Trump told CBS News, “I don’t like any group of hate. Hate groups are not for me.”

When reporters asked Kaine what was behind his intensifying attacks against Trump, he said that Trump’s calling Clinton a “bigot” really bothered him.

“I mean I was pretty stunned by that,” Kaine said.

He contrasted Clinton’s career battling “for families and kids to get a fair shot in tough places” with Trump’s remark about her.

.@TimKaine says he was “pretty stunned” when Trump called @HillaryClinton a “bigot.” https://t.co/erLbksROfAhttps://t.co/P1IVqeVTsL

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 27, 2016

“So that he is just going to casually say you’re a bigot. Well then, OK. Well, it’s important to call out what he’s been saying, who he has been drawing support from. It was really important to do that,” Kaine said.

The vice presidential nominee also criticized Trump’s controversial overtures to the African American community over the past few days. Kaine said that Trump’s past helping facilitate the “birther” controversy about President Obama makes it impossible for him to be serious about reaching out to the African American community.

“I don’t see it as that serious because if you have been out pushing, promoting the notion that President Obama wasn’t born in this country then you can say OK, well now I want to do outreach. I just don’t see it as that serious,” Kaine said.

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Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Fatally Shot Pushing Baby Stroller in Chicago

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — Police in Chicago are investigating the fatal shooting of the first cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in the city’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two people have been questioned in connection with the shooting but no charges have been filed, police said.

Aldridge, 32, was not the intended target, police said. A relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

Wade, who was born in Chicago, signed with the Chicago Bulls this July in a move that was celebrated by the city as a homecoming. After news of his cousin’s death, he labeled the incident “senseless.”

On Saturday, he took to Twitter and elaborated on comments he made on Friday.

“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!,” Wade wrote.

He followed that up by writing, “These young kids are screaming for help!!!”

These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, echoed her family’s pain while speaking to reporters Friday at the hospital.

“We are now in a very, very sensitive grieving place,” she said while holding her sobbing sister Diana.

Despite the tragedy, Wade’s mother spoke of hope for those who commit such crimes.

“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,” she said. “We’re still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head.”

In a statement Friday night, the Chicago Bulls said, “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.”

Official Chicago Bulls Statement on the Passing of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin: https://t.co/vbRL4v5bc3

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 27, 2016

On Thursday, Wade spoke via satellite on a panel hosted by ESPN that was focused on gun violence. He called the issue “deep-rooted.”

“This is something that didn’t start today, this is something that isn’t going to end tomorrow,” he said. “Hopefully, eventually, we can stop it.”

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