Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More on Jennifer Hudson Identifying the Body of Her Nephew and the Tragedy of Domestic Violence

I recently posted at BlogHer, Jennifer Hudson's Tragedy in Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's a sad coincidence that the family is suffering a loss during this particular month and the crimes appear to have been an act of domestic violence. When I wrote the post, I included video from CNN, but not this one, which I discovered this morning, and have below.

It goes into more detail than the press conference video and references Hudson's visit to the morgue to identify her nephew's body, 7-year-old Julian King, about 48 hours after she had to identify her mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, both shot to death in her mother's south side Chicago home Friday. It also uses pictures of Julian from Hudson's MySpace page.

Julian's body was discovered Monday morning in a white SUV that belonged to his uncle, Jason. The vehicle was dumped on Chicago's west side, and police are investigating Julian's stepfather, William Balfour, as a "person of interest" in the crimes, but since the SUV was dumped, they think, while Balfour was in custody, police are stumped on who could have been driving it.

CNN also has a story posted about Hudson's rise to stardom, and CBS News has a similar story on its site.


blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there,

What a horrible, sad, tragic story....but although one of the family members THIS time is a celebrity and Oscar-winner....THIS STORY keeps showing up in print in papers all over the country on a daily basis: Black families dealing with the aftermath of murder.

In this case, it seems that perhaps there was a mentally or emotionally ill person who had access to the family, who regularly caused mayhem for the family and was never viewed by the family as a possible murderer... far too many black folks DO NOT think mentally ill people are dangerous for reasons I can not understand.

Why do we continue saying "he's tripping!" and "she's tripping!" instead of naming the behavior what it is: UNTREATED mental and emotional illness!

How many more relatives have to show up in tears and NOT even realize that their complacency in addressing mental dysfunction in their own homes and families is part of the tragedy?
As we pray for this family, let us pray for ALL OF THE FAMILIES whose tragedies do not have the national spotlight but whose pain and sorrow is not any less.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

Vérité Parlant said...

I've got some of the same questions, Lisa. And possibly answers too why we do that, but don't have time today.

So glad to see you. I've been by BWBTT, but it's been locked to readers.