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Wade: Cousin victim of ‘senseless gun violence’

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Authorities say Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target.

Wade addressed his cousin’s death via Twitter.

Wade’s mother, Jolinda Wade, spoke Friday night about Aldridge’s death while holding her sobbing sister close.

“Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that’s going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it,” she said.

Dwyane Wade, who returned to his hometown by signing last month with the Bulls, and his mother both were part of a series of panel discussions on gun violence hosted Thursday by The Undefeated on ESPN.

The conversations were held at the South Side YMCA in Chicago and focused on athletes, their experiences with violence and police, and the responsibility to act. Wade, who was not in Chicago, appeared via satellite.

Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office say Aldridge suffered gunshot wounds to her head and an arm. Police say the baby wasn’t hurt and that a relative has taken custody of the child.

Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones said Aldridge was a mother of four and was walking to register her children for school. He said the family recently moved to the neighborhood.

Police say one of the males who fired shots was being questioned Friday evening.

Chicago has been hit hard by violence. More than 2,600 people have been shot in the city, mainly on the South and West sides. With 463 murders as of Wednesday, Chicago is on pace to record its largest number of homicides since 1997, when 761 people were killed in the city.

Wade did not speak directly to gun violence during his appearance for The Undefeated but addressed “deep-rooted” divides in the community.

“We kinda adopted that mentality that, you know, it’s about me surviving,” Wade said, discussing Chicago’s history. “It’s important for all of us to help each other.”

Wade grew up in a South Side Chicago house headed by his mother, who was then a drug dealer. Jolinda Wade gave up drugs and turned her life around after being released from prison in 2003. Now a pastor, she sees the problems that contribute to the violence in the communities.

“Some parents have to work one, two and three jobs and can’t be there for their kids,” she said Thursday night. “Reality TV is raising our children today. And they’re going out on the street and being disconnected. .. They grow up and look around and nothing’s there.”

Dwyane Wade also previously urged an end to gun violence when he appeared with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul to open the ESPYS with a call for social change.

“The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, not to mention Orlando, it has to stop. Enough. Enough is enough,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Healing Continues 1 year after gun tragedy

Posted August 26, 2016
Today is the one year anniversary of the heinous and senseless shooting death of two young Roanoke, VA reporters on live TV. Today we remember Alison Parker and Adam Ward.


Report: Denied Service, Veteran Commits Suicide at Northport VA Hospital

Posted August 26, 2016
This story is a sad and tragic reminder of the toll on our service men and women by gun suicides. Remember that gun suicides account for the majority of gun deaths in Minnesota and the country. When a gun is at the ready, it’s too easy to use it to end a life.


The veteran was identified as Peter Kaisen of Islip. He was 76 years old.

The Times, which was the first to report the story of his apparent suicide, quoted an anonymous hospital worker who claimed Kaisen “went to the E.R. and was denied service.”

“And then he went to his car and shot himself,” the Northport VA worker told theTimes.

According to the report, “[Kaisen] had been frustrated that he was unable to see an emergency room physician for reasons related to his mental health.”

“Someone dropped the ball,” one worker was quoted as saying. “They should not have turned him away.”

Long Island military veteran committed suicide Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center after allegedly being denied service, according to a report in The New York Times.


Open letter to the shooter of Birdell Beeks – $10,000 reward offered in shooting of N. Mpls grandmother

Sa’Leesha Beeks makes a plea for a confession as a $10,000 reward is offered.

Originally posted August 22, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in connection with the shooting that killed a grandmother in north Minneapolis on May 26.

58-year-old Birdell Beeks was killed by stray gunfire while in a minivan with her granddaughter at the intersection of 21st Avenue and Penn Avenue around 6 p.m. Minneapolis police are still searching for a suspect.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is offering the reward, the Beeks’ family confirmed to Fox 9. Anyone with information about the incident can submit their tip by calling 1-800-222-8477, visiting the Crime Stoppers website or texting 274637 with Tip674 followed by the tip.




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