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Jennifer Hudson's Slain Family Remembered, Murder Gun May Belong to Brother

November 03, 2008 03:33:11 GMT

As police are investigating whether the murder weapon once belonged to Jennifer Hudson's slain brother, friends and relatives gathered for the memorial service on Sunday, November 2.


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Nine days after the dead bodies of Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found in their own home and nearly a week after Jennifer's nephew was found dead, a public memorial service for the three slain victims has been thrown. Held on Sunday, November 2, at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, the service was attended by nearly 100 friends and relatives.

Paying last respect to Darnell Hudson Donerson, Jason Hudson and Julian King, mourners gathered as the church was opened to the public about 4 P.M. Greeted with music from the chapel's speakers, the mourners came in to see large pictures of Jason Hudson and Julian King standing at the front of the room. On the occasion, relatives took turns to reminisce about the three victims.

The Associated Press reported that many of the songs played during the service featured Jennifer, though the former "American Idol" contestant didn't come to the ceremony. Beside Jennifer, Julian's mother also didn't attend the service. Still, the two are expected to come at the private funeral service which is scheduled for Monday, November 3.

On the murder case itself, Chicago Tribune reported that the chrome-and-black .45-caliber pistol found by the Chicago police a block from where 7-year-old Julian King's body was discovered, was indeed the weapon used for the slaying. Furthermore, the publication noted that the police are investigating whether it is the gun once belonged to Jason since Jennifer's slain brother allegedly has an identical gun which he said to be stolen months prior to the murder.

So far, authorities haven't put charges on anyone for the killings. However, Jennifer's brother-in-law and Julia's estranged husband, 27-year-old William Balfour, has been called a "person of interest" on the case. He is being held in custody on a parole violation.

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posted by Kamami on Jan 15, 2010
I lost my mum and brothers through murder on the 13th of May 2008 in Kenya.It was my elder brother's birthday....I think I can honestly say,I feel your loss Jennifer.One and a half years later, the emotional wound has scabbed but it is yet to heal...
posted by chrissy poo on Nov 12, 2008
MAY GODB WIT U WHERE IS THE PEACE PEOPLE!
posted by chrissy poo on Nov 12, 2008
hey J. Hud I know yo heart is full of cries but god will get u through and even though it hurts so bad i goin b wit u all they way cuz u is a stronng black powerful woman and we won't give up god will handle all his business so don.t worry but look out and pray god will b watching ova u and i will pray 4 u like i told T.I. black iz coming back and it's powerful keep ya head up J.Hud we wit u I don't know bout these other people but i'm with u LOVE YA GURL
posted by Leon/Jewanna Owens on Nov 07, 2008
Jenifer May God bless your and your family through these heart breaking times.My wife and I will carry you and your family in our prayers, GOD Bless You all.
posted by Leon/Jewanna Owens on Nov 07, 2008
Jenifer May God bless your and your family through these heart breaking times.My wife and I will carry you and your family in our prayers, GOD Bless You all.
posted by SHAWNS1MOM on Nov 05, 2008
SHAME ON YOU "THE HOOD" FOR CONDEMNING THIS WOMAN FOR NOT COMING TO THE MEMORIAL YOU PUT TOGETHER... SHE COULDN'T DO IT .. IF YOU EVER LOST A LOVED ONE, YOU KNOW ONE FUNERAL IS DRAINING SO WHY WOULD THIS YOUNG WOMAN WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS TWICE. IF YOU "THE HOOD" REALLY KNEW HER YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND BECAUSE ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD NOT WANT TO GOT THROUGH THEIR MOTHER'S FUNERAL TWICE GOD KNOWS ONCE IS TOO MUCH I LOST A 21YR. OLD SON SUDDENLY TO VIOLENCE AND IT'S THE HARDEST THING I EVER HAD TO DO... AND I HAVE NEVER ADMITTED THIS BUT THE DAY OF THE VIEWING I TOOK A VALIUM SO THAT I COULD MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY SO TWO FUNERALS IS TOO MUCH FOR ANYONE... BE MORE COMPASSIATE AND PRAY FOR HER & HER SISTER THEY WILL NEED IT LONGER THAN YOU WILL KNOW ... WHEN YOU FORGET ABOUT WHAT SHE HAS BEEN THOUGH SHE WILL STILL BE DEALING WITH THIS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.. SHE WILL NEVER FORGET HER MOTHER & FAMILY.. EVERY HOLIDAY, EVERY PROBLEM, EVERY JOY... WILL MAKE THIS YOUNG LADY MOURN HER MOTHER & FAMILY EVRYDAY, EVERY MOMENT THIS NEVER GOES AWAY... I THINK ABOUT MY SON EVERY MINUTE, EVERY MOMENT, EVERYDAY ... GOD IS YOUR ROCK...ONLY GOD CAN GIVE YOU PEACE... LEAN ON HIM
posted by Amelia Rogel--Orland on Nov 04, 2008
Jennifer---You are the only person that knows what it may take for you to be able to overcome this great tradgedy. Pray and keep loving GOD. He will give you the peace that overcomes all grief and anger during out times of turmoil and struggles. God bless you and Julia in your hour of sorrow. There is NO friend like JESUS. Sincerely, Amelia Rogel. 11-04-2008
posted by gfludd on Nov 04, 2008
In times of deep sorrow when pain and unbelief grips us, it's hard to understand, why God where are you. Please know that God loves us and he loves you too.God has accepted and welcomed the presence of your three angels. He will Keep you and continue to be with you. May you find comfort and strength the Lord.
posted by Kathleen on Nov 04, 2008
God's grace will carry you through Ms. Jennifer all the days of the rest of your life. Ihave experienced something very similar to your grief and I shall testify(though I don't protest to be a Christian).I realize thate you won't believe me but I must say God is preparing a higher place on this earth for you and yours. Love,Hugs, and Gracious Prayers of Faith for you.
posted by Sweetwater711 on Nov 04, 2008
Jennifer I will keep you and your family in my prayers and may God bless you with the strength that you will need to get through all this.
posted by sherry on Nov 04, 2008
This was a sad day but to Jennifer and the rest off the family keep your heads up god bless. This Psalm is for you guys, Plead my cause, O lord, with them that fight against me. Take hold of the shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. This is from us here in Barbados W.I . Love you all.
posted by markandella on Nov 04, 2008
No one can ever imagine what Ms Hudson is going through. My heart goes out to her and I am brought to tears thinking of how I would feel if it were my family. God Bless and Keep you safe until you see them again!
posted by markandella on Nov 04, 2008
No one can ever imagine what Ms Hudson is going through. My heart goes out to her and I am brought to tears thinking of how I would feel if it were my family. God Bless and Keep you safe until you see them again!
posted by daddyprincesstricia@ on Nov 04, 2008
To those who are negative toward Jennifer for not attending the memorial for her family,you don't know what she was going through. She probably was'nt able to go through two services. The community should be more understanding.Her safty was at risk also.When you are a celebrity you have to watch out for you safety.Please don't be so negavtive toward her.She had to do a lot to get the funeral prepareed.I have been their and done that.She's young and I am sure her publist help with the arrangments doing a time like this you dont' think.If you feel that way just forgive her she's grieving.
posted by hurt on Nov 04, 2008
the hurt stems from the lack of disregard for the privacy of a very publicized tragedy. please put yourselves in the place of ms. hudson. exactly who do you owe when your family is murdered? if you are a true fan, her appearance at this time of her bereavment is irrelavant. she lost over 50 percent of her family and you expect her to make a public appearance? and not for nothing, the funeral service was not star studded. a few friends, in the same industry came to pay their respects. simple. jen is not some superhero who has a heart of steel. she is human and is allowed her due personal time alone with thoes who cared about her even before idol.
posted by hurt on Nov 04, 2008
the hurt stems from the lack of disregard for the privacy of a very publicized tragedy. please put yourselves in the place of ms. hudson. exactly who do you owe when your family is murdered? if you are a true fan, her appearance at this time of her bereavment is irrelavant. she lost over 50 percent of her family and you expect her to make a public appearance? and not for nothing, the funeral service was not star studded. a few friends, in the same industry came to pay their respects. simple. jen is not some superhero who has a heart of steel. she is human and is allowed her due personal time alone with thoes who cared about her even before idol.
posted by DEVASTED on Nov 04, 2008
Jennifer and Julia, may God continue to bless and keep you both. Also, others please don't judge Jennifer and Julia's reasoning for not attending because we don't know the circumstances. Just continue to pray for them.
posted by Tragedy ALso on Nov 04, 2008
I battled Cancer,lost my mother and my husband all at the same time. I feel for you but you are not to be singled out. We all have sadness to bear and we alone will see us through.
posted by Nikki on Nov 04, 2008
This is for expressive don't judge her for not attending your memorial keep her and julia in your prayers and try and understand that she has no controll over what people may have attended her private memorial service and furthermore, it was a choice she made good or bad it was hers. Julia and Jennifer may God keep you in your time of sorrow.
posted by atiyac on Nov 04, 2008
Jennifer and Julia, May God Bless you and your family. My heart goes out to you both...It brings tears thinking of such tragedy to your family. I will always keep you in my prayers. God, alway Bless and Keep the Hudson Family safe!
posted by Bossolo on Nov 03, 2008
Maybe the hood were she's from treated her like dirt I don't know if that's the case that's why she didn't miggle with the people from her hood.Me personally as a Rap Artist I would have showed my support by showing people from my hood Love.some people make it out the hood hatin the hood.Sometimes the hood be real jealous and try to drag you down maybe theirs some hate in her heart for the hood.Only god knows But the hood was their for her family so i would have to respect that.
posted by Beautiful on Nov 03, 2008
May God bless you and your family for the loss, unless you lost the most important people in your life at one time, no one can truly understand how you must feel. Some people can't even give simple respect to offer humble words at this time. I truly love your talents as a person and wish you well getting through time in your life. May you reach out for God he'll comfort you the best.
posted by expressive on Nov 03, 2008
I am having trouble with the fact that Jennifer failed to show up at the Sunday Memorial, that was held by the very same people in her community who have been there for here all along. These were the same people that she pleaded with to help find her nephew. Yet, she turned the funeral service into a star-studded event with her big shot friends. I believe this is called ungratefulness and using people to promote your self-serving interests. The people in her community were good enough to submit a public plea to, but not good enough to mingle with at a memorial!? I am not saying she should not have invited celebs from her line of work, but to turn the event into a star studded event, is an insult to the local support who have so generously supported her. I believe she should have kept it small and private, with a few celebrities, and perhaps more people from her local environment who have offered her a lot more support.
posted by B\'dette Wiggins on Nov 03, 2008
May God comfort Jennifer Hudson and her family. My family from Miami, Fl went through this 15 yrs ago w/my father being shot,and died 20 days later in the trauma room. May God give you peace, understanding, and love Liberty City, Miami, flordia. Our youth group at Liberty City Church of Christ, No Limit Christian Youth Group send deep Christian love and prayers.
posted by MARIEOVERTON@ATT.NET on Nov 03, 2008
MAY GOD BLESS YOU JENNIFER AN ME AND THE MY FAMMILY HAS YOU IN OUR PRAYER

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