Jennifer Hudson Says Goodbye, Fantasia Sings

The private service for Jennifer Hudson’s slain family members took place today at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago:

From the Chicago Tribune:

As the two-hour wake for her mother, brother and nephew came to an end, Jennifer Hudson approached their coffins and spent a few moments with each.

She paused at the casket of her 7-year-old nephew Julian, then moved on, gently touching the body of her mother. Composed, the 27-year actress and singer, leaned down to kiss her mother goodbye. She paused again before her brother’s casket before taking her seat.

The three-hour funeral reached an emotional peak when American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino sang a gospel classic, “Your Grace and Mercy”. Calling the Hudsons “my family, ” she walked off the stage and into the aisle where she took Jennifer’s hand and sang directly to the actress.

“I think it healed Jennifer’s soul just then, ” said family friend, Lisa Allison.

Attending the funeral today–Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifa, Fantasia, Missy Elliott, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mayor Richard Daley and Clive Davis.

A horse drawn carriage-led funeral procession headed to Oakwood Cemetary where Jennifer’s mom, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson and nephew, Julian King were buried.

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