News: Jennifer Hudson Family Honored At Public Memorial
Monday, Nov 3, 2008 11:44AM
Coming out to express their support and sorrow for the slaying of Jennifer Hudson's family, both friends and family attended a public memorial service in Chicago over the weekend.
According to People, hundreds of city residents paid their respects on Sunday night (November 2) to Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson, and seven year-old nephew, Julian King, at the Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church. King's second grade teacher, Carmen Williams, spoke on the child's encompassing characteristics.
"Julian was a role mode, an academic whiz and a best friend," Williams told the crowd. "You could look into his eyes and you knew he always had the right answer."
Attempting to place closure on their untimely deaths, relative Reverend Quentin Washington reportedly eased the crowd with his caressing words.
"They are all in Heaven having a 'hallelujah good time," he said. "Their lives...were not in vain. Their legacies live on."
A private service is currently scheduled to take place today for the three Hudson family members. The event is taking place at Apostolic Church of God.
Jennifer Hudson has decided not to participate in either service.
As previously reported by SOHH, Chicago authorities have arrested Hudson's brother-in-law William Balfour as the primary suspect behind the murders. While he has not been charges yet, he is currently being held behind bars for violating his parole in a separate case. Balfour has informed police that he is not willing to submit himself to a lie-detector test.
The R&B singer lost her family members late last month (October 24) after they were discovered with fatal gun shot wounds in Donerson's Chicago home.
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