What Helped Jennifer Hudson Make It through Murders of Mom, Brother & Nephew

Oyin Balogun
Jun 01, 2019
01:22 P.M.

Losing three family members to a terrible and preventable incident devastated Oscar winner, Jennifer Hudson. The pain she felt finally became more bearable when she gave birth to her son, David.


Well-acclaimed actress and singer, Jennifer Hudson is known by many as the strong black woman who can sing! Jennifer rose to fame when she came seventh on the music show, "American Idol" in 2004.


Now a judge herself on another music show, "The Voice," she has come a long way from the shy girl who was afraid to share her voice with the world back in Chicago. But thank God she does not look like what she's been through!

October 24th, 2008, was a terrible day for Hudson. It was the day she lost her 57-year-old mother Darnell Donerson, 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew, Julian King.

Jennifer Hudson's mother | Photo: YouTube/abcnews

Jennifer Hudson's mother | Photo: YouTube/abcnews


Hudson's family were shot and killed at their South Yale Avenue home in Chicago. According to reports, the man who killed started shooting from outside the building before entering the house to kill her mother and brother. After the horrible incident, police were alerted not by the neighbors — who of course heard the gunshots — but by a family member who found the bodies on the ground.

Jennifer Hudson's brother | Photo: YouTube/abcnews

Jennifer Hudson's brother | Photo: YouTube/abcnews


Upon investigation, it was discovered that Hudson's nephew was missing. The seven-year-old was eventually found dead at the back of an SUV with bullet wounds.

It was later found out that Hudson's sister, Julia's ex-husband, William Balfour, was the culprit and he is currently in jail serving three life sentences.


The actress and singer revealed that it was too much to handle. There were too many emotions involved, and she didn't know who to mourn first, or even how to deal with the reality of what just happened until the birth of her son, David with fiance, David Otunga about a year after the incident.

"I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming a mom, and raising my own child," she says. "I tell David [now six] all the time, 'You saved my life.'"

She also opened up about how she could not go over to the cemetery to see the deceased until the culprit was brought to justice.

It is truly a horrifying thing to bear. Hudson, however, has learned to forgive Balfour over the years, but she'll always keep her loved and lost one's dear!

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Poor Mom Buys Old Tricycle at Flea Market and Finds Her Late Brother’s Name on It – Story of the Day

March 18, 2022

Rich Wife & Poor Widow’s Babies Are Accidentally Swapped at Birth, They Find Out 27 Years Later — Story of the Day

April 26, 2022

Kate Hudson Is Co-Parenting Her Children With Three Different Dads: 'I've Got Kids All Over The Place'

February 05, 2022

David Soul Was ‘Still a Kid’ When He Married for the 1st Time – He Fathered 5 Sons & Daughter

February 14, 2022

14-Year-Old Boy Approaches His Poor Single Father and Says, 'Dad, I Found Mom' – Story of the Day

February 07, 2022

Christina Haack & Ant Anstead's Showdown over Son Who Was Born after She Had Lost Hope of Having More Kids

May 04, 2022

Woman Meets Daughter’s Fiancé and Recognizes Nephew Who Disappeared 17 Years Ago – Story of the Day

February 28, 2022

20 Years after Newborn Daughter’s Death, Man Hears, ‘Dad, I Finally Found You’ – Story of the Day

March 05, 2022

Stepson Mocked by Adoptive Parents & Their Children Finds Letters They Hid from Him – Story of the Day

March 12, 2022

After His Little Brother's Death, Boy Starts Disappearing After School until Mom Follows Him — Story if the Day

May 08, 2022

Rich Man Kicks Out Homeless Girl Begging for Money, Later Sees Her at Wife’s Grave — Story of the Day

April 01, 2022

Tom Brady & Pregnant Bridget Moynahan Split - She Wed Husband at Secret Ceremony 9 Years Later

February 20, 2022

Man Gets 10 Minutes to Decide If He Wants to Adopt Week-Old Nephew or He Goes into Foster Care

April 09, 2022

Woman Leaves Newborn on Business Class Plane Seat, Decides to Find Him 13 Years Later — Story of the Day

February 01, 2022