Dwyane Wade’s Family Plans Vigil, Launches Fund for Fatally Shot Cousin

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.

He continued, "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!" His final tweet read, "These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough."

Public figures, including fellow athletes, took to Twitter to express their condolences to Wade.

"This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss," tweeted singer and actress Deborah Cox.

Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter tweeted, "I'm sorry for your loss my man. @DwyaneWade Thoughts and prayers with your family. #EnoughIsEnough."

And WNBA star Swin Cash of New York Liberty, tweeted, "@DwyaneWade Praying for you, the whole family, her beautiful children and the city of Chicago.. My GOD this has to stop!"

On Saturday, many celebrities took issue with Donald Trump's tweet, in which he misspelled Wade's first name and took the opportunity to appeal to African-American voters. The Republican presidential nominee tweeted, "Dwayne [sic] Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I've been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

That prompted music producer and former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams to tweet, "@realDonaldTrump An absolute disgrace."

In response to Trump's tweet, actress Holly Robinson Peete tweeted, "I am just...I am so offended by this I can barely breathe. My prayers and condolences go out to the Wade family."

But actor Don Cheadle was less reserved with his words, requoting Trump's tweet and adding "You are truly a POS," an acronym for "piece of s***."

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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