• Nykea Aldridge/Facebook(CHICAGO) -- Chicago police are questioning three individuals in connection with the fatal shooting Friday night of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge, a police spokesman confirmed to ABC News early Sunday morning.The mother-of-four was gunned down while pushing a stroller through Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side, when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head.Aldridge, 32, was an innocent bystander and not the intended target, police said.As police interview persons of interest, the devastated Wade family is inviting community members to a vigil at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center in Chicago. According to its website, the center "was developed in part to assist the City of Chicago in their continued efforts to decrease the violence and fatalities by providing a safe haven and high quality programming for our youth."The family has also established a trust fund for Aldridge's four children. Donation checks can be made payable to the Nykea Aldrige Children's Fund and mailed to Seaway National Bank, Attn: Daryl Newell, Chief Retail Officer, 645 East 87th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60619.Wade, who announced his first cousin's death on Twitter Friday night, returned to Twitter on Saturday with a trio of tweets, expressing frustration with the city's gun violence. "RIP Nykea Aldridge... #EnoughIsEnough," read the Chicago Bulls player's first tweet.
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  • WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- Police in Chicago are investigating the fatal shooting of the first cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in the city's Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.Two people have been questioned in connection with the shooting but no charges have been filed, police said.Aldridge, 32, was not the intended target, police said. A relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.Wade, who was born in Chicago, signed with the Chicago Bulls this July in a move that was celebrated by the city as a homecoming. After news of his cousin's death, he labeled the incident "senseless."On Saturday, he took to Twitter and elaborated on comments he made on Friday."The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!," Wade wrote.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Miss.) -- A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of two nuns in Mississippi this week, the state's Department of Public Safety announced late Friday.
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  • Stock Photo: balloonguy/iStock/Thinkstock(MADRAS, Ore.) -- A biplane pilot was killed after a crash at an air show in Oregon on Saturday afternoon.According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday. Pilot Marcus Bruce Paine, 61, was flying the Stearman biplane as part of the Airshow of the Cascades when he crashed. The plane then caught fire. The FAA says that Paine was the only person on board the plane at the time of the crash.The Federal Aviation Administration was present at the airshow, and will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, the JCSO said."It is with heavy hearts that the Airshow of the Cascades announces the loss of the talented aerobatic performer, Marcus Paine, during his Saturday afternoon performance in Madras, Oregon," a statement from the airshow organizers said. "The Paine Family and the airshow community appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Courtesy Mueller Family(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) -- The rain stopped in Prescott, Arizona, Saturday morning, just in time for Kayla Mueller's family to cut the ribbon on a new state-of-the-art playground erected to honor her as a selfless humanitarian both in her life as an aid worker and in her captivity and death as an ISIS hostage.In minutes, patient children bolted past the snipped shards of ribbon for the swingsets, jungle gym, slides and a 66-foot zip-line at the playground named Kayla's Hands for a young American taken too soon. Her parents beamed listening to the joyful noise.Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who survived Communist torture in the "Hanoi Hilton" as a Vietnam War POW, told well-wishers gathered in the rainbow-colored playground that he doesn't call many people "hero," but Mueller was one."I didn't know Kayla but I sense in every account of her ordeal, the true meaning of humility," McCain said in a short speech.Mueller was a 24-year-old aid worker kidnapped by armed gunmen on Aug. 3, 2013 while traveling in a Doctors Without Borders vehicle in Aleppo, Syria. She died 18 months later still a prisoner of ISIS terrorists, in what her hostage-takers called a Jordanian airstrike. U.S. officials denied an airstrike killed her but her parents still do not know how she died or how the White House was able to confirm her death on February 10, 2015.She adored the Syrian refugee children she worked with in southern Turkey, her friends have said.This year her father Carl worked with the Prescott Kiwanis Club, of which he is a former president, to raise money from donors such as the Arizona Diamondbacks for the new playground, which will also finally offer handicapped kids in the high desert town a place to safely frolic. It has been an emotional anchor for him to cling to, happily adjusting the plans in recent months for the bouncy floor matting and the zip-line, which Kayla's mom loves to sail down."We can feel Kayla here," Carl Mueller said. "When the wind blows just right, we can hear her makin' her music."The still grieving dad said he and Marsha will "be spending a lot of time here.""She lived her life for others, she used her hands to relieve suffering. She was not just sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate, she was moved to action," McCain told the crowd. "Her fellow captives spoke of her as an inspiration. Brave and defiant when she was abused and threatened, consoling and selfless to those who shared her suffering."Former ISIS hostages have spoken of her selflessness in captivity, where she tried to cheer them up, gave them strength and once even sacrificed an opportunity to escape to ensure fellow captives got away, ABC's "20/20" reported last night in the segment, "The Girl Left Behind," after more than two years of investigation.In one incident in March 2014, Mueller even stood up to British ISIS executioner Jihadi John to correct him when he told other hostages that she had converted to Islam."Her love now echoes in the joy and laughter of children. What a fitting -- what a fitting tribute," McCain said, his voice finally breaking with emotion, as Marsha Mueller reached over to hug the war hero senator.The Rev. Kathleen Day of Northern Arizona University, who Kayla befriended in college and who later became a close confidante of Carl and Marsha Mueller during her hostage ordeal, recalled how the young do-gooder from Arizona had said that "it's never goodbye among friends" whenever she left Prescott for Turkey and Syria or other far-flung destinations."Today Prescott says to Kayla Jean, we will always love you, and indeed it's never 'goodbye' because her spirit will live on in the laughter and the joy and the compassion and the friendship of this playground," Day said.
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  • WNEP-TV(LANSDALE, Pennsylvania) -- A young woman with Down syndrome whose reaction to learning she was going to college went viral in April is now ready to begin classes.Rachel Grace starts at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania on Monday. The student from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, looked into attending four schools and ultimately decided to attend ESU.Although she's an incoming freshman and has never lived on her own before, Grace said she's not nervous."My parents are but I'm not," Graced told ABC affiliate WNEP-TV.And it's true. Her mother Deb Grace admitted, "It's exciting and it's nerve-wracking and we're excited for her, but really scared for us.""You might have to do a follow-up story to see how I am in a couple days," Grace's father, Tom, added. "Rachel's doing a heck of a lot better than I am."Grace will take part in ESU's Career Independent Learning and Living Studies program. The three-year program is tailored to students with intellectual disabilities.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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