November 3, 2008

Funeral Held for Hudson Family Members

A private funeral was held at a Chicago church Monday morning for three members of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's family.

Hudson's mother and brother were shot to death Oct. 24 in their home on Chicago's South Side. The body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew was discovered in a parked sports utility vehicle on the city's West Side last Monday.

The estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia has been called a person of interest in the case, but has not been charged. He was being held on an alleged parole violation.

The Chicago Tribune said a procession of three hearses and a school bus Monday pulled up to the Apostolic Church of God where about 200 people had gathered to pay their final respects to the dead at the invitation-only service. Fans and media reportedly gathered nearby behind police barricades.

Those who entered the church were required to have blue admittance slips.

Side streets around the house of worship were temporarily closed down and no one gained access to the church parking lot unless without a blue ticket, the Tribune noted.

About 100 people attended a private memorial Sunday at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church. When it was over, the church doors were open to the public and thousands of mourners stopped to leave sympathetic messages for the family.

Hudson won an Oscar for her work in the movie musical "Dreamgirls."