Philadelphia

JENNIFER HUDSON MY HEART BREAKS FOR YOU

The mother of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson has reportedly been found shot to death at her South Side Chicago home. The family’s pastor has confirmed that 57-year-old Darnell Hudson Donerson is one of two people found dead Friday afternoon in the house. The “Chicago Tribune” reports on its website the suspect is in custody, but a seven year old boy taken from the home is still missing. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the two shooting victims as 57-year-old Darnell Donnerson, the actress’ mother, and 29-year-old Jason Hudson, the Oscar-winning actress’ brother. Police identify the missing seven-year-old as Julian King, a Hudson family relative. In a police statement, the suspect in the shooting was identified as William Balfour. The “Tribune” reports Balfour pleaded guilty in 1999 to attempted murder and vehicular hijacking.

This was the first photo I shot of Jennifer Hudson at the premiere of Dreamgirls. She had come over to the fan section to greet and sign. It was also the night before I moved from NYC back to Philadelphia after 18 months of a paralegal assignment I was on. December 7, 2006The next time I photographed her I had become a professional celebrity photographer. This was at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 28, 2007

The 40th Anniversary of New Line Cinema 10/6/2007 held at Lincoln Center, NYC; Pictured here is her long time boyfriend from Chicago, Il

During her busy schedule, Jennifer came to Philly to do a Q&A with my friend Laiya St. Clair over at the Beat 100.3 By this time Jen was dating a new guy that would eventually become her fiance, but I wasn’t able to get a photo of them even though he was in the Green Room.The premiere of Sex and the City May 2008. Jen my heart, soul and prayers go out to you. You’re such a wonderful sweet girl, I hope that you can recover from this horrible tragedy that has happened to your family.