Friday, October 31, 2008


After losing her mother, brother and nephew, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson and her family announced on Thursday that they would set up a foundation for families of murder victims. The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims, named in honor of the actress’ mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, will help families of murder victims with products, shelter, as well as medical assistance, according to a statement released by Jennifer Hudson’s family. Funeral services are scheduled to take place on Monday morning (November 2) at Chicago’s Apostolic Church of God. Only invited guests will be able to attend the service, as the Hudson family decided to the mourning of the deceased private. The arrangements for the service are being handled by Hudson Funeral Home, which is owned by Jennifer Hudson's aunt.

A memorial service honoring the three slaying victims will take place at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church. The Hudson sisters will not attend the community memorial, which will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, according to an announcement from Hudson's publicist. "The Hudson family welcomes anyone who wishes to attend and pay their respects to these three beloved members of the Chicago community," read the announcement made by Hudson Funeral Home. And in lieu of flowers, the Hudson family is asking that donations to be made for the newly created foundation. Donations to the Hudson-King Foundation can be sent to c/o Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP Attn: William L. Abrams, Esq. 237 West 35th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10001.

Police confirmed Friday they found the gun used in the killings of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, as the family's South Side community prepared a public memorial to say goodbye. The .45-caliber gun was discovered Wednesday in a vacant lot in the West Side neighborhood where the body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew Julian King was found a few days earlier inside an SUV. "The weapon has been positively identified through forensic examination as the weapon that was used in the homicides," police Superintendent Jody Weis said at an unrelated Friday news conference. A police official has said detectives think Hudson's nephew was alive when he left the house where his relatives were killed and likely was shot in the SUV where his body was found. The police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly, would not elaborate on when detectives think the boy might have died.


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