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Jennifer Hudson and Sister Establish Foundation

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One week after the slayings of her mother, brother, and nephew, Jennifer and sister Julia honor their family.

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On Thursday, Jennifer Hudson's family announced they were establishing a new foundation for families of murder victims.

The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims was named in honor of Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother Darnell Hudson Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and nephew Julian King. The purpose of the Foundation is to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime. This includes food, clothing, shelter and grief counseling.

"The specific purpose of the Foundation is 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."

Before the announcement was made, a prayer vigil was held Wednesday night in Chicago.

"Jennifer sang her first song in this church -- she said her first prayer in this church," said her cousin Shari Nichols Witt of the Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church. Witt also spoke of the actress-singer's slain nephew, saying seven-year-old Julian King "seemed like he was ahead of his time."

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, also spoke at the vigil, and said Hudson, 27, and her family "are overwhelmed by the suddenness and the unexpectedness of it all. This family knows triumph, and they also know tragedy."

William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia and the parolee considered a suspect in their shooting deaths, was held in police custody Thursday.

Donations to the Hudson-King Foundation can be sent:

c/o Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
Attn: William L. Abrams, Esq.
237 West 35th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

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Maine October 31, 2008, 3:47 PM

Jennifer Hudson & Family:

My heart is so heavy & sad for you and your family left behind from this lost of family. I can truly say my family and I know what you are going thru. My sister was murdered, January 21, 2008, age 56. My dad in poor health, griefed himself to death and died May 11,2008. Then with all the stress of this my little brother died August 5, 2008, age 52 of a heart attach while on vacation. He wanted so much to get our mother out of town and away from all the stress and pain, he planned a 2 week trip on Amtrak to take her to Washington state to see her sisters and brother one last time, but never made it. He died in Reno Nev, at my mothers feet.
What you are doing to help families of murdered victims is beyond any words I could say. We live in a towm of about 50,000, and we average about 1 murder a year. This year as of today 10-31-08 we have had 5. Only one being solved, the rest of us left with our hands so empty. God Bless you & your family

DB October 31, 2008, 5:08 PM

My prayer in the wake of this tragedy is that GOD will get HIS glory! The bible saids that HE is a jealous GOD and to place no other BEFORE HIM! Whenever He wants our attention HE will GET it even by taking loved ones away. I pray that someone will seek salvation and/or restore their relationship with CHRIST! Romans 8:28 “And we know ALL things work together for the GOOD of those who LOVE the LORD!”

Patrece October 31, 2008, 6:18 PM

I am praying for you, Hudson family. May God give you His peace which is beyond our understanding.

Anonymous October 31, 2008, 10:43 PM

Iampraying for you in your family

BARBARA October 31, 2008, 10:47 PM

TO THE HUDSON FAMILY MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP HIS ARMS AROUND YOU AND YOUR SISTER.IM PRAYING THAT YOU BOTH MAKE IT THRU THIS AND STAY CLOSE TO EACH OTHER,LOVE YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST.

Polly Bowman October 31, 2008, 11:42 PM

My heart goes out to you and your family my heart feels so heavy for you and your sister… I will keep you in my prayers. I cant even imagine the pain you are experiencing at this difficult time I pray that God gives you the strength to go on . Press on Jennifer your mom would want you to keep up the good work.

spanishjazz November 1, 2008, 8:30 AM

Please to all women in domestic violent relationships this could be you, As women we are responsible for picking our spouse. this suspect was already a violent person before he allegedly murderd the familly. people don’t change that quickly some people are just sick. IF you are being abused seek shelter and get out please before your life is gone

Anonymous November 1, 2008, 10:37 AM

u are the gratest

Staci November 1, 2008, 3:48 PM

I love Jennifer and her work so much.
My heart and prayers goes out for
The Hudson sister and family.
Mr. Balfour is a terrible man. Let’s
not let the person responsible stay
on death-row for the rest of teir
natural life. That is not fair to
the family. Their 3- loved ones didn’t
get life behind bars. They got instant
murder and will not see another day.

Nema November 1, 2008, 10:15 PM

I know what it feels like to be left
alone in this world my mom in dad died a year apart in my brother
was murder I want tell you not to
cry cause people can say they sorry all
day long but they really dont understand how you feel what about when
they go back to there normal life
just note when theres no one to talk to
the best relationship is god stay strong

Marcus November 2, 2008, 1:48 AM

I feel sorrow for Jennifer only. Her sister brought the killer into the family. The whole thing is the fault of her sister.

stephanie November 3, 2008, 8:50 PM

thoughts and prayers to the hudson family and marcus your comments are disgusting, ignorance on your part you should be truly ashamed this is a result of domestic violence at its worst

flossie November 6, 2008, 3:13 AM

JENNIFER AND JULIA GOD BLESS THE TWO OF YOU I WANT YOU TO KNOW, MY PRAYERS ARE FOR BOTH SISTERS STRENGTH, PLEASE KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW GOD IS BRAGGING ON U JUST LIKE HE DID JOB IN THE BIBLE, AND REMEMBER GOD DO NOT PUT NOMORE ON US THAN WE CAN BEAR. GOD BE WITH YOU BOTH.

danielle jones November 6, 2008, 5:03 PM

im here to say i am very sorry about your lost. i cant say i know exactly how you feel because i havnt lost someone that close. but i do know how it feels to loose someone you love. both of my childrens father where murders unsolved. and im still dealing with the fact that my babies will grow up with no father figure.but they have a mommy. my heart really goes out to you and your family. and i ask god to keep you safe and continue to bless you and your family in this time of grief.

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