About 10 years ago, Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew were shot and killed by her brother-in-law, yet another tragic example of the need for stricter gun control in the United States. On Saturday, March 24th, Hudson bravely recalled the heartbreaking loss of her family after the March For Our Lives protest to show that gun violence can “happen to anybody.”
In 2008, William Balfour fatally shot Hudson’s mother and brother in their Chicago home. Three days later, the body of her 7-year-old nephew was found in an abandoned car. Balfour was said to have murdered the three in a jealous rage when he thought his wife had a boyfriend, according to CNN.
As one of countless individuals who have lost family or friends to gun violence, Hudson hasn’t shied away from using her platform to bring attention to the need for gun control. As she told W Magazine in a 2015 interview:
Jennifer Hudson took to the stage at the March For Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, performing a stunning rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changing.”
Later that same evening, Hudson sat down with CNN’s Van Jones and spoke about her own devastating tragedy in light of the rash of school shootings in recent years.
Hudson also discussed the Parkland, Florida shooting, and how she was moved watching survivors share their stories and plead with the government for change.
“I could hear it. I knew where it came from,” Hudson said. “It’s like reliving it. And I was like, unfortunately, ‘Welcome to my club.’ My heart completely went out to [Lori Alhadeff, the mother of 14-year-old Alyssa, who died in the shooting]. I was like, you’re not alone. I understand everything you’re feeling.”
And while Jennifer Hudson deals with her own grief by “starting organizations, communities, foundations, things to promote change [that] can be healing,” she warned viewers against thinking gun violence could never touch their lives.
We applaud Jennifer Hudson for her incredible strength, and we wish nothing but the best for her and her family.