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Guilty Verdicts in Slayings of Jennifer Hudson's Family

William Balfour convicted of three murders

(Newser) - The man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and young nephew has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, reports AP . William Balfour shot to death Darnell Donerson, 57, Jason Hudson, 29, and Julian King, 7, in what prosecutors say was a jealous rage in 2008.... More »

Jennifer Hudson Didn't Want Sister to Marry Alleged Killer

New details surface in murders of singer's family

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson didn't approve of the relationship between her sister Julia and William Balfour, the man accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew in 2008, according to newly filed court documents. Hudson grew up near Balfour and the two attended the same elementary school. She told detectives... More »

Jennifer Hudson: Family Murders 'a Blur, Surreal'

She talks about deaths for the first time

(Newser) - On her Behind the Music special last night, Jennifer Hudson spoke out for the first time about the 2008 murders of her mother, brother, and nephew. "It's all a blur, it was surreal," she says, adding that she stayed in one room for two weeks “with just... More »

'Mama's Baby' Hudson Relied on God

Fiance also helped her through tragedy

(Newser) - Since her mother, brother, and nephew were murdered last year, Jennifer Hudson has relied on God for strength, People reports. “The thing that keeps me going is knowing God is in control. It’s like, if he placed me here then I must be prepared,” she told Essence ... More »

Still Mourning, Hudson Gives Ad Go-Ahead

Singer shot photos before the slayings

(Newser) - The timing isn't the best, but Jennifer Hudson has given her blessing to the inclusion of her photo in a new Gap ad, E! Online reports. The holiday ad campaign, conceived and photographed before the murders of her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew, features the Academy Award-winner looking cheery in... More »

Sad Farewell for Hudson Family

Classmates recall 7-year-old 'whiz kid' Julian

(Newser) - Actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell, brother Jason and 7-year-old nephew, Julian, were remembered by family and friends in an emotional public memorial service at their Chicago Baptist church yesterday, a week after the three were murdered. The most poignant moments came as Julian's second-grade teacher read comments from his classmates,... More »

Hudson Launches Victims' Fund

Creates foundation in honor of slain family

(Newser) - Singer Jennifer Hudson, whose mother, brother and nephew were brutally murdered last weekend, has set up a foundation in honor of her three slain family members. The Hudson-King foundation will offer food, shelter, and clothing, as well as counseling for families who have lost relatives to a violent crime, People... More »

Cops Find Gun Linked to Hudson Murders

Discovery could be major break in case

(Newser) - A .45 caliber handgun, which could be the murder weapon used to kill Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, has been found by police, reports the Chicago Tribune. The gun was discovered in an alley close to the spot where the body of 7-year-old Julian King was discovered in the... More »

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