*In the midst of an increase of violence in Chicago, Dwayne Wade’s nephew along with 12 others was shot Thursday. Two victims were left dead.
Wade’s nephew was one of six males shot at a store on Chicago’s South Side at about 6 p.m. Thursday by hooded men who police said fled the scene in an SUV. One man was dead at the scene and four others – ranging in age from 16 to 24 – were hospitalized in critical condition,” reported the NY Daily News.
Wade learned of the situation after Miami defeated Dallas on Thursday night. On Friday, Wade said he played “with a heavy heart” when the Heat visited Toronto. Wade said he expected his nephew to recover.
“I was 9 years old when he was born. I was an uncle at 9 years old. A lot of thoughts go through your mind. … My prayers go out to all the families involved, especially the one family who lost a child. My prayers go out to them. It’s tough.”
The Wade family has not released their injured relative’s name, nor has Chicago police. The eight-time NBA All-Star said his Wade’s World Foundation has made curbing violence, particularly gun violence, a top priority for several years.
For Wade, a Chicago native, that made the news of these shootings even more troubling.
“It’s very concerning,” Wade said. “A lot of work that I do in the community in Chicago is about (gun violence) and to have a family member, my nephew, be involved in it, it’s sad. It hurts your heart to think about not only your family but other families going through it. I’m just glad that he’s fine and hopefully he recovers. … You never expect to get a call like that.”
An increase in violence in Chicago has prompted community coalitions and local leaders to call for a city-wide cease fire.
From Jan. 1 to Mar. 29 this year, there have been 474 shootings, 101 of them fatal. Last year during the same time, there were 346 shootings, 55 fatal.
The news of the shooting involving Wade’s nephew comes one week after Heat players including Wade and LeBron James spoke out about last month’s shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.