Dwyane Wade has been dealing with the tragic loss of his cousin over the past week after she was gunned down in Chicago after being the unintended victim of an attack.
Two men have been charged with Nykea Aldridge after bullets hit her in the arm and head as she was on her way to register her kid in school after recently moving to the city's South Side.
Aldridge leaves behind four children and the murder is just the latest event in a saga that has rocked America over the past ten years.
Gun violence is never too far away from the public eye in the States and Wade is one of many NBA stars to voice their concerns recently as senseless acts of violence become a more common occurrence.
Having ended his 13-year spell with the Miami Heat and returned to his home city to represent the Bulls, the shooting guard believes his reasons for returning to Chi-Town are bigger than simply basketball.
''My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball,'' he said. ''Basketball is a big part of it, of course. It's what I do for a living. But I think my purpose at the end of the day is hopefully to come to Chicago and be a part and be the voice that can help bring people together.
''Guys go to prison and then we let them back out on the street, they're going to go back to what they're used to and what they know. So if there's something we can do with the prison that can help with work programs when people come out, it gives them an opportunity to try to help themselves.''