In a shocking act of violence, the mother and brother of Oscar-winner and singer Jennifer Hudson have been found dead in a Chicago home, apparently shot to death.


According to Chicago’s local ABC station WLS, Darnell Hudson Donerson and her son Jason Hudson died in a home in the Englewood neighborhood of the city, where the star’s mother had decided to stay even though Jennifer has quickly risen through the celebrity ranks in Hollywood.


Jennifer and her family are members of Progressive Baptist Church on Chicago’s South Side, and church leaders applauded Darnell’s decision to remain in the neighborhood.


"That says a lot about the fact of the kind of family Jennifer comes from," WLS quotes Rev. Willie Davis as saying. "They’re a family of faith. They want to be attached to their roots. And that’s just the sign of the nature of their relationship with God."

Jennifer is reportedly flying home from Tampa to be with her family in this difficult time.

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