Wade's mother speaks out after another senseless act of gun violence.

Dwyane Wade is mourning the death of his cousin, 32-year old Nykea Aldridge, who was shot by a stray bullet while pushing her baby down the street in a stroller. The shocking crime is a grim reminder of murders and shootings that have skyrocketed out of control in the City of Chicago. The Chicago Police Department reports the August murder rate is the highest it's been in 20-years. This month, 78 people have been murdered and another 400 people have been shot.

Sunday August 28, Aldridge was walking her baby at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon, when two men opened fire on a third man in her vicinity. Stray bullets have accounted for hundreds of deaths and injuries in the city. On the same day, 10-year-old Tavon Tanner was shot while playing with his sister in the front yard. The child has had several surgeries and is still in the hospital after being shot in the back. The bullet damage is massive, and it ripped through his pancreas, intestines, kidney and spleen before lodging in his chest. Just hours before that a young man was shot in the head while playing basketball, another another was murdered a few blocks away. All of the above shootings are black-on-black crimes and, so far, there are no suspects in custody for any of the shootings.

Chicago Tribune, there have been 487 homicides and more than 2,800 people shot this year, compared to last year's statistics of 491 homicides and 2,988 people shot. Devastated, the NBA great took to
Twitter and wrote:

Ironically, Wade was just talking gun violence in Chicago during the
LeBron James. His mother, Jolinda Wade, said of the tragic murder Monday,
"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 continued. "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. We're still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head."

While the investigation of his cousin's murder continues, Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson, says he's been pushing lawmakers in Springfield to pass legislation that would require harsher sentences for criminals arrested over and over for carrying illegal guns. He also checked Trump on his claims that he could stop the violence. See the video below.

In the meantime, Johnson has his work cut out for him. He was just named Chicago's Police Superintendent earlier this month, and announced his main goal was to reform the police department. Johnson said he plans to weed out "bad cops," prosecute those who commit police brutality, and deal with the department's long history of racism among other things.

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