November 02, 2008 02:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Dream Girl’s beauty, Jennifer Hudson and her family announced Thursday a new foundation for families of murder victims. The foundation, The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims is named in honor of her mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson and nephew, Julian King who were murdered last week.
“The specific purpose of the Foundation is to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime,” the family says in a statement. “This encompasses their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter as well as grief counseling.”
Jennifer made the announcement on Wednesday, following a prayer vigil in Chicago.
“Jennifer sang her first song in this church, she said her first prayer in this church,” her cousin Shari Nichols Witt said of the Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church. Witt also said loving words about the actress-singer’s slain nephew, saying 7-year-old Julian King “seemed like he was ahead of his time.”
The Reverand Jesse Jackson toldPEOPLE magazine that Hudson and her family, “are overwhelmed by the suddenness and the unexpectedness of it all. This family knows triumph, and they also know tragedy.” Reverand Jackson spoke at the vigil.
Estranged husband to Hudson’s sister, William Balfour, still remains in custody and is the prime suspect in the family murders.
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