Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Was Fatally Shot in Chicago

UPDATE (Sunday, August 28)

According to CNN, two men, Darwin Sorrells Jr. and Derren Sorrells, have been arrested and charged with first degree murder and first-degree attempted murder for the death of Nyeka Aldridge, Wade’s 32-year-old cousin.

Dwyane Wade has been outspoken this summer about putting an end to the senseless gun violence across America.

Wade famously opened the ESPYs last month alongside LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony with a speech in which he said, “The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, not to mention Orlando—it has to stop. Enough is enough.”

On Friday, the gun violence epidemic reared its ugly head once again.

Wade’s 32-year-old first cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was shot and killed while pushing her newborn baby in a stroller on Chicago’s South Side.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Aldridge, a mother of four children, was an innocent bystander and not the intended victim.

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.

Less than 24 hours before the shooting, D-Wade participated in an ESPN town hall on athletes, social responsibility and gun violence held at a South Side YMCA.

Wade talked about his own experiences with gun violence and growing up in inner city Chicago.


Our condolences go out to Wade and his family during this difficult time.