Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The child was not injured in the incident. Two people have been questioned in the shooting but so far no charges have been filed.
Dwyane Wade was traded this July from the Miami Heat to the Chicago Bulls. Wade grew up in Chicago and the move was being seen as a homecoming. That homecoming is now not feeling so welcoming to Wade who tweeted about the incident on Friday.
“My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough,” said Wade via Twitter.
Chicago has had a major problem with gun violence over the past few years. The Wade family is no stranger to the violence. Wade’s nephew, Darin Johnson was shot twice in the leg in 2012. Johnson recovered after a stay in the hospital according to The Associated Press.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump tried to capitalize on the incident in a tweet on Saturday where he misspelled Wade’s first name; “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
Trump believes that the violence in the inner cities is a reason why African Americans should vote for him. Trump said nothing about the senselessness of the act or why he would be better for minorities, he simply saw a situation and callously tried to take advantage of the celebrity of Wade and the tragedy that has just occurred in his family. The fact that he misspelled Wade’s first name (spelled “Dwyane” not “Dwayne”) is further evidence that he didn’t put much thought into the tweet.
The insensitivity is almost shocking until you remember that we are talking about Donald Trump. Does Donald Trump have no shame? He didn’t tweet a condolence to Wade, he didn’t take a stand against guns or gun violence, he simply tried to make the situation work for him.
Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, spoke to reporters at the hospital on Friday.
“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.”
Dwyane Wade echoed his mother’s sentiments in a panel discussion on ESPN that was focused on gun violence. “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.”
I don’t think that voting for Donald Trump is what Wade or his mother had in mind when they said that they were committed to stopping the gun violence.