Aldridge, 32, was pushing a stroller when she was hit by a stray bullet Friday afternoon in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood. Investigators said Aldridge was an innocent bystander and not the intended target.
Wade was not in Chicago on Friday, but joined an ESPN roundtable on Thursday about violence in Chicago. He tweeted about his cousin's death Friday night.
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) August 27, 2016
Wade tweeted again on Saturday, saying, "RIP Nykea Aldridge... #EnoughIsEnough."
Police said Aldridge had just left the Dulles School of Excellence around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300-block of South Calumet when two men approached another man in the vicinity and opened fire.
Aldridge -- who was walking home after enrolling her children in school -- was struck in the head and arm and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"I think it just brings home the fact that nobody is safe," said Fr. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church. "Everybody is vulnerable. Everybody's family is vulnerable. Chicago is a war zone."
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been courting black voters, tweeted his condolences to Wade.
However, he first tweeted "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!" In a first iteration of the tweet, Trump misspelled Wade's name.
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
Pfleger blasted Trump's tweet as opportunistic.
A FAMILY MOURNS
Wade's mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, said it's hard to believe that just one day after participating in an ESPN gun violence panel, their family would be touched by violence.
But in the wake of her personal loss, she remained determined. Saturday morning, Pastor Wade's New Creations Church in the West Pullman neighborhood held its regularly scheduled women's prayer breakfast.
"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."
During the ESPN Town Hall meeting, Wade said of gun violence: "It's deep-rooted. This is something that didn't start today, this is something that isn't going to end tomorrow, this is something... hopefully, eventually we can stop it."
Aldridge's family has planned a vigil at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center,12800 S. Halsted St., Chicago.
The family has 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 E. 87th Street, Chicago, IL 60619.