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Funeral Date Set for Jennifer Hudson's Slain Family, a New Foundation Established

October 31, 2008 02:15:04 GMT

An announcement has been made that a private memorial service for Jennifer Hudson's murdered family will be held at Apostolic Church of God at Chicago's South Side on November 3.


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A private memorial service has been set to be held on Monday morning, November 3 for Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew. The service, set to take place at Apostolic Church of God at Chicago's South Side, will be closed to the public and only invited guests are welcomed.

At press time, no public memorial service is planned. However, an announcement is expected to be made by Hudson Funeral Home, which is owned by the Oscar winner's aunt and is handling the funeral and memorial arrangements, regarding a potential open memorial. In the meantime, shrines have already been erected and vigils are held outside the Englewood home where Hudson's mother Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, and older brother Jason Hudson, 29, were found dead of multiple gunshot wounds last Friday, October 24.

In companion of the private memorial service, Hudson and her sister Julia announced on Thursday, October 30 the launch of The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims, which is set up to honor their murdered loved ones. The foundation, named after Hudson's late mother, brother, and nephew Julian King, aims "to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime," the family said in a statement. "This encompasses their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter as well as grief counseling." As reported by E! Online, 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.

Investigation is still undergoing on the case and police have yet made arrests in connection with the slaying. Hudson's brother-in-law, 27-year-old William Balfour, is still being held in custody and is considered a "person of interest." On Wednesday, October 29 police discovered what they believe as the murder's weapon, a .45 caliber gun. Balfour reportedly refuses to take a polygraph test.

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posted by prayingforyou** on Nov 14, 2008
Jennifer, I am so sorry for the loss of your family. I know this must be a trying time for you. Remember God will not put more on than you can bear. Keep your head up and become stronger thru this than you ever were. Trials come to make you stronger. We love you with all our hearts and will continue to send prayers up for you and your family. In hard times remember that god has your back. Do not respond to the negativity, some people just don't have a heart. But, don't let ignorant folks get to you. If it were them I'm sure they would want their time too. Many Blessings to you and your family.
posted by Justplainstupid on Nov 04, 2008
Outraged you have just defined ghettoism to the fullest,, did no one ask about a testimony about what you did, that was your choice, she didnt haft to have nonone there for the funeral and how you gonna pay respects to someone you didnt know,, you been watching too many GOOD TIMES RERUNS with the lady that came to all the funerals just to cry, you can support and pray from a Distance
posted by augustqueen on Nov 03, 2008
jennifer my family sends our condolences to you and your family,you continue to walk with god and take your time don't rush.Peace be unto to you.God is right there with you and your family remember "Footprints"
posted by Donne on Nov 03, 2008
Everyone of you who are talking negative should be ashamed of yourselves. Most of you just want to be nosey anyway. If it was anyone else you would care less wheather it was private or not. Let the Hudson's grieve in piece. I know that if it was you, you would not want the whole world hovering around you. Your e-mails, cards, ect... are appreciated. Please give her and her sister the respect of letting them be. When it is time for them to come out of their shells and speak to the world, then I am quite sure they will. Until then, let's just pray that Jenny will get through this and come out three times as blessed as when she went into it. Let's also pray that her sister let the Lord use her voice and the testimonies of both so that others might be saved. Pray for peace, because we will need it in the time to come, especially when Obama wins. Love the world Ms. Donne
posted by David Summers on Nov 03, 2008
My prayers are for you and the entire family at this time of sorrow. May God continue to pour His Mercy and LovingKindness to you and your family and give you sweet peace and His strong love forever. Be Bless. Love, David Summers
posted by David Summers on Nov 03, 2008
My prayers are for you and the entire family at this time of sorrow. May God continue to pour His Mercy and LovingKindness to you and your family and give you sweet peace and His strong love forever. Be Bless. Love, David Summers
posted by David Summers on Nov 03, 2008
My prayers are for you and the entire family at this time of sorrow. May God continue to pour His Mercy and LovingKindness to you and your family and give you sweet peace and His strong love forever. Be Bless. Love, David Summers
posted by Kansas City on Nov 02, 2008
My prayers are for you and the entire family at this time of sorrow. May God keep his loving arms around you all, throughout the days to come. God Bless
posted by just4me2006 on Nov 02, 2008
Jemmifer, I pray for you and your family this could be a way that God want you to get closer to him in the faith you either have to be on the Lord side or the devil side private No, before you went hollywood you had friend that suported you you have people that are really griefing with you real fan dont close them out you will need themask some of your hollywood friend be with you one day jennifer dont mess up! they will dope you like it hot.
posted by Ms. V on Nov 02, 2008
She said PRIVATE so shut the H*&^ up! Just what she ment private...
posted by chocolate on Nov 02, 2008
Seems like a lot of people are targeting Jenn but you have to remember funerals are planned according to the familys wishes. She should not be targetd like this because she wants to be private. We should all just keep her in our prayers. No one knows what the next person goes through and how they will handle it until it happends to them. Hudson-King family may prayers are with you.
posted by babysistahgurl on Nov 02, 2008
The whole city of Chicargo should run that animals whole family out of town and the girlfriend with the unborn child too!!!
posted by Jonelle Perry on Nov 02, 2008
To jennifer and family put god in your hands he will be they everday in your life but one thing god bless your family in your heart
posted by Jonelle Perry on Nov 02, 2008
To jennifer and family put god in your hands he will be they everday in your life but one thing god bless your family in your heart
posted by Jonelle Perry on Nov 02, 2008
To jennifer and family put god in your hands he will be they everday in your life but one thing god bless your family in your heart
posted by tann on Nov 01, 2008
Jennifer & Family, Trust in God as only he can and will heal you from your pain and grief.
posted by Sad/Angry on Nov 01, 2008
First off OUTRAGED, I'm completely sick and now I know why our world is the way it is today, because of people like YOU!! You are 1 SICK person/animal. I dont know Jenn or her Family & neither do you OR U WOULD BE INVITED. 99.99% of the world grieves for her & family w/prayer. 1% (YOU) wants to be noisy and comfort people you dont even know. What are you going to talk to them about, How greatly they will be missed, What a great Aunt she was, How her and her brother/mother got along. Hello, how could you do that when u dont even know ANY of them or her family. The family knows with emails/news etc that everyone is praying for her and family so No we dont all have to be there to show it. SHAME ON U AGAIN
posted by Wow on Oct 31, 2008
Outraged, are you serious? She is the mourning the death of her mother, brother, and nephew! While everyone is sympathetic of her tragedy; you are not living through it. I pray that you are making an off the wall joke. Allow her and her family to grieve in private, and share what they choose.
posted by outraged on Oct 31, 2008
jennifer u should b ashamed of yourself of having a private funeral! u should allow others to come and pay their respects! and then u allowing just invited guests! i had a aunt that wuz killed by her own son so i know how a violent crime feels and i would love to pay my respects to u and ur family but cant cuz its PRIVATE! but my prayers are with u and ur family!
posted by BUBBLES on Oct 31, 2008
TO ALL YA WHO GOT SOMETHING NEGATIVE TO SAY KEEP IT TO YOUR FUCKIN SELF!!! DONT YA KNOW WHAT SHES GOING THROUGH?SHE JUST LOST THREE VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN HER LIFE!!OBVIOUSLY SHE DONT WANT TO BE BOTHERED AT THIS POINT AND TIME IN HER LIFE!!!YA MAKIN ME FUCKIN MAD SHOW SOME FUCKIN CLASS..YA SHOULD BE HELPIN HER OUT AT THIS TIME OF GRIEF NOT MAKIN IT HARDER ON HER.........
posted by BUBBLES on Oct 31, 2008
....I REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY THIS IS SOO........ OVERWHELMING I JUST WANT TO HAVE ALL MY PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS TO YOU PERSONALY JENNIFER...AND ALSO TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY FRIENDS...GOD BLESS ALL...WITH ALL MY LOVE AND BEYOND...
posted by karen on Oct 31, 2008
Jennifer I am so sorry to hear about your family, my heart goes out to you and especialy your nephew who was taken away too soon. Always remember that your loved ones are in a better place and God has his angels protecting them.
posted by titanic on Oct 31, 2008
What a valuable lESSON we learn threw tragedy the choices we make impact all involved,This is truely a Horror show I cant stand up straight That poOR poor sweet baby so full of life just taken from us even though he is in heaven dancing with the Angels Im pleased with that because he is truly in a better place then where he was Im sad for the whole situation all you can do is call on the name of Jesus in this sad time not only for the Hudsons but for the ones we dont here about I pray you find PEACE BEYOND YOUR PAIN.....
posted by Missy on Oct 31, 2008
Jennifer and Family, It's no words that can bring your love ones back. But there is one word and that's Prayer that's all I can offer you and your family through this hard time in your life. It's good to have an private funeral you need to grieve and tell your mom, brother, and last but not least but that baby that is now in a safe place your last good bye. I hope one day that you come back in the spot late and continue a gift that God, and your parents gave you and show it off. I believe that's what your mom will still want. I know your mom love you so much and when you sing she is thought of and showing through your old and new music. May them all rest in peace. Remember you and your family are loved and stay strong.
posted by ChyWay on Oct 31, 2008
Jennifer, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You can't please everybody so don't get to thinking about the negative things the public is saying, you are merely doing what you think is best for the rest of the family. May GOD continue to richly bless you. Be encouraged!!
posted by Praying on Oct 31, 2008
Outraged you really should be ashamed of yourself. Jennifer and her family need that time away from the limelight and people who just want to be "nosy". That will be the last time that they see them and they should be able to say goodbye in private. Outraged, you really should grow up.
posted by Stacie on Oct 31, 2008
Jennifer, I pray that you and your family heal from this tragedy. I am out raged at the fact that you thrill seekers will not give her the privacy she and her sister deserved in the hour. The one thing that we must realize is no one has been charged with this crime and both she and her sister's life can be in jeopardy. Jennifer do what you must for you. This is your family and you have no one to please but God. My prayers are with you. Remember weeping may endure for a night, but one day joy will come in the morning.
posted by sl29240 on Oct 31, 2008
Outraged, I'm outraged at your selfishness! Do you not understand that most people and probably be coming to see how Jennifer Hudston "the Oscar Winning Actress" will be looking and acting - and not "really" concerned about her grief. And after all, did you know either of her 3 relatives? I didn't think so. So if yo want to grieve, you are welcomed to do that at home. And mind YOUR own business!
posted by liley123@aol.com on Oct 31, 2008
Jennifer I am very sorry for the things that you are going through right now. Have faith in God that things will soon get better. Take all the time you want to heal yourself. Your family made a very smart choice with having a private funeral. May God be with you and your family as well. Much love
posted by alicia on Oct 31, 2008
jennifer and family just put your faith in god there are so many ignorant people on this earth and they will be saying things that doen not make sense that is their ignorance and everyone grieves differently. you are in my prayers and i pray that who ever violated your families rights are dealt with. may god bless you and your family

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