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Jennifer Hudson's Mother, Brother Found Dead

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Oct. 24 2008, Published 10:22 a.m. ET

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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.

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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."

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

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