Feeling a deep sympathy for Jennifer Hudson, whose mother, brother and young nephew have been killed, "American Idol" judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson offer their prayer and support for her. Meanwhile, it has been reported that around 100 people have gathered for a candlelight vigil outside the Englewood neighborhood family home of Hudson's family Monday, October 27 to grief the tragedy happened to her family.
Paula, who has personally reached out to Hudson soon following the incident, said, "This is a horrific tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer and her entire family." She added, "The time I had to get to know Jennifer and forge a wonderful friendship with her while she was on Idol was very special to me, and I personally can't imagine a greater loss for any family."
Offering his support for Hudson in the wake of the triple homicide, Randy stated, "My heart and soul goes out to her and the rest of her family. Such a huge tragedy - I can't even believe that it's possible. Paula Abdul and I were just talking about it yesterday and it's just so sad." Furthermore, he claimed to have tried to contact Hudson since news broke Friday, October 24 that her mother and brother were shot to death. "I left a couple of messages for her and I'm just trying to give to her whatever I can," Randy continued saying. "My God. The world is an ugly place right now."
As for his part, Cowell commented, "What has happened is absolutely horrendous. My thoughts go out to Jennifer and all her family. This is absolutely horrible."
Amidst outpouring prayer and support, friends, fans and neighbors have all gathered outside Hudson's Chicago home to support the family with song and prayer. There are photos of the victims, stuffed animals, balloons and posters placed outside the house for people to sign. According to reports, no one planned the vigil ahead of time; all the neighbors said they gathered in common grief.