On Monday morning (November 3), a private funeral service was held at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago for Jennifer Hudson’s nephew Julian King , mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson, who were murdered last month in Chicago.
According to the Chicago Tribune, at the end of the two-hour wake, Hudson spent a few moments at each of the coffins. She reportedly kissed her mother before returning to her seat.
At the funeral, “American Idol” alum Fantasia Barrino sang “Your Grace and Mercy,” called the Hudsons “my family” and walked offstage into the aisle, where she took Hudson’s hand and sang directly to her, according to the report. The funeral ended a short time later, and a horse-drawn carriage led the procession to the cemetery.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley both spoke at the service.
Police shut down streets surrounding the church in order to keep the media and onlookers away from the service. A plastic covering was used on a tall gated fence in back of the large church, blocking the public from seeing into the entrance area, according to The Associated Press.
On Sunday, mourners paid their respects to the Hudson family at the Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church, more than a week after the still-unsolved crime took place. A private service attended by 100 people was followed by a parade of thousands of mourners, who filed into the small hall to write condolence notes on cards with the images of King, Donerson and Hudson on them.