Dwyane Wade's Nephew Shot in Chicago
Wade: "you never expect to get a call like that"
Just one week after the Miami Heat posed for a photo while donning black hoodies in tribute to fatally shot teen Trayvon Martin, Heat all-star Dwyane Wade has found out that his nephew was shot at a store in Chicago.
Wade learned about the shooting of his nephew just after Miami defeated Dallas Thursday night.
He told reporters that his family didn’t want to go into details of the shooting while he was playing. "My family tried to keep me out of it while I was playing the game," Wade said Thursday. "So now that the game is over hopefully I can call and get a chance to talk to them."
He added, "I played for him and with him in mind.”
Wade's nephew was one of six males shot at a store on Chicago's South Side 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.
Wade said on Friday that his nephew had undergone surgery. Details are still being collected.
Wade, who is from Chicago, said his Wade's World Foundation has made curbing violence, particularly gun violence, a top priority for several years. The shooting comes at a time where violence in Chicago is on the rise. From Jan. 1 to March 29 of this year, there were 474 shootings, 101 of them fatal, according to the Chicago Police Department. During the same time period last year, there were 346 shootings, 55 fatal.
"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."