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