Boy’s Body Found: Identified as Jennifer Hudson’s Missing Nephew

Boy’s Body Found: Very Likely Jennifer Hudson’s Missing Nephew

It was reported on Friday that the mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death inside her mother’s house on the South Side of Chicago on Friday afternoon, and that the police were said to be looking for her 7-year-old nephew. Police had confirmed that Ms. Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, was one of the victims, and that the other victim was identified as Ms. Hudson’s brother, Jason S. Hudson, 29.

The body of a young boy was found Monday morning on Chicago’s West Side. He was found inside a white SUV that is registered to Jennifer Hudson’s slain brother, Jason Hudson. The body was of a black boy, about 7 years-old. Although final identification of the boy had not been made, it is very likely that the child is 7-year-old Julian King.

Boy’s Body Found: Very Likely Hudson’s Missing Nephew

Update: Top FBI officials have confirmed that the body discovered in an SUV in Chicago is indeed that of Jennifer Hudson’s missing 7 year-old nephew, Julian King.

Chicago police brought Julian’s body to the medical examiner’s office shortly after noon today. Jennifer Hudson and other family members arrived about three hours later, said office spokesman Sean Howard. When the group entered a viewing room at the office Ms. Hudson held her head down, as if praying, he said. The family then identified Julian via a video screen mounted on a wall that showed his face. The family chose the video screen option rather than looking directly at the body, Howard said.

The family was “obviously distraught,” but Howard said Hudson “remained strong for her family. It was very clear she was the leader. She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” When they saw the boy’s face on the screen, Hudson told investigators, “Yes, that is him,” Howard said.

Chicago Police Department: Body is Julian King, Ms. Hudson’s Nephew

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Photos of the Day: Remains to Be Seen

Photos of the Day: Remains to Be Seen

A somewhat benign perspective about the dead, or being in the presence of the dead and about cemeteries, is that ” great cemetery feels like a world unto itself: a kind of theme park of the departed, where everyday life is left behind at the gate. A certain mood overtakes you when you visit. You are simultaneously overwhelmed by the sense of being surrounded by the dead, and seduced by the beauty of the place. This creates a special flavor of melancholy, the inevitable feels present and one’s own life all the more fleeting, as in Memento Mori, Remember that you are mortal.”

There is, on the other hand, a more malevolent perspective about the dead and cemeteries. This viewpoint is based upon more internal motivations, which associate death with or as the outcome of our aggressive drives. Here, ideas about the departed are permeated with a fear of the presence or of the return of the dead person’s ghost. It is a fear that the dead will return to inflict retaliation for past grievances that it holds against the living.

It is exactly this fear that leads to a great number of ceremonies aimed at keeping the ghost at a distance or driving it away. Specifically, in cemeteries the headstone is placed upon the grave to weigh it down as an attempt to prevent or block the spirit of the departed one from rising up.

Remains to Be Seen

A Short Film by: Jeff Scher

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Hot Red Lips: The Daily Ritual

Hot Red Lips: The Daily Ritual

Lipstick

She leaned over the sink,
her weight on her toes,
and applied lipstick
in quick certain strokes,
the way a man signs
his hundredth autograph
of the morning.

Poetry by: Connie Wanek

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan.

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