Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | October 31, 2008

Hudson Family Funerals To Be Held At Apostolic Church of God

Private, public ceremonies for 3 victims in works


The invitation-only funeral will be held Monday on the South Side. The arrangements are being handled by Hudson Funeral Home, whose owners are related to the actress.

The family on Friday is expected to announce plans for a public memorial, according to the funeral home. The second service would allow fans to mourn the deaths of the Oscar-winner’s mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson, and nephew Julian King.

Like Jennifer Hudson, Julian’s father has shunned the spotlight since the Oct. 24 slayings. Greg King’s only public appearance came last weekend when he stood beside the boy’s mother, Julia Hudson, as she tearfully pleaded for the 7-year-old’s safe return.

Julian’s paternal great-grandfather, Robey Williams, 80, said he’s grateful to the Hudson family for holding a private service. He has been haunted by thoughts of the boy’s final moments and says doesn’t want a national audience to witness his grief.

“I don’t know what I’ll do when I see his casket,” he said. “I cry when I think about it now. I don’t know what I’ll do in the church.”

Police consider Julia Hudson’s estranged husband, William Balfour, the primary suspect in the case, but have not charged him with the slayings. He remains in an Illinois prison on a parole violation.

Authorities found a gun Wednesday matching the caliber of weapon used in the killings.

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis confirmed Thursday that the weapon recovered was a .45-caliber Sig Sauer semiautomatic handgun, but declined to comment on anything police may have learned from tests being done on the weapon.

Community leaders held a vigil outside the Hudson home on Thursday and called on law enforcement to solve the high-profile case.

“We need answers,” said John Paul Jones of the Greater Englewood Community and Family Task Force. “The world is watching.”

Tribune reporter David Heinzmann contributed to this report.


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