In an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade talks about the murder of his cousin Nykea Aldridge, who was gunned down on Friday, Aug. 26.
The 32-year-old mother was shot while pushing her child’s stroller in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood.
Wade tells Stephanopoulos that his cousin was a sweet person who stayed to herself and provided for her children.
Immediately after the news broke, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted about Aldridge’s death.
He claimed that Black people would vote for him after the unfortunate incident.
“I was kind of conflicted. On one hand your cousin’s death is used as a ploy for political gain on the other hand it’s a national story. I want eyes on this city. I want us to do more together.”
Wade added, “I was grateful that it started a conversation but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with and it looks like it’s being used as political gain.”
The NBA star adds that he grew up in Chicago during some of its toughest years.
Now, he has returned to his hometown to inspire change.
Wade reveals that he wants to build a better relationship with police, because his own children are afraid.
“I want eyes on this city. You know, I want us to be able to do more together, and [the] only way to do that is more people know what’s going on.”