Jennifer Hudson Gives Back in Honor of Slain Nephew, Has Tearful Moment

Yesterday (Aug 14th) would have been Julian King’s 11th birthday. The nephew of Jennifer Hudson was shot and killed by his stepfather William Balfour in 2008. After the tragedy, Jennifer and her sister and Julian’s mother Julia founded the Julian D. King Gift Foundation that helps underprivileged Chicago children.

The sisters distributed school supplies yesterday through the foundation for “Hatch Day,” a phrase used by Julian to mean a day to celebrate. Everyday was Hatch Day for Julian.

Jennifer was visibly moved during an interview with Chicago’s WGN news. Even though the pain is understandably still there, Hudson is just happy that such a tragic event can turn into something positive. “Seeing this is like, ‘Wow,'” the singer said of the school supply drive.

Check out the news story below.