Crime & Punishment

Jennifer Hudson's Awful Loss

Jennifer Hudson and nephew Julian King

hide caption Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson is pictured in an undated photo (taken from her MySpace page) with nephew Julian King.

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UPDATE: Chicago Police have confirmed that the body of a seven-year-old boy, found earlier today in the back of an SUV, is that of Hudson's nephew, Julian King.

The dilemma of the day: what to do about this truly awful story about actress Jennifer Hudson's family? If you haven't followed the details here's a link.

And, trust me, we know that such things, sadly, happen to people who are NOT famous. But you'd have to be made of stone not to grieve for this young woman who has so much going for her, who is in such a wonderful time of life — an Oscar, a new CD, a new beautifully crafted film, newly engaged — and to lose her mother and brother and possibly her nephew in such a fashion is beyond words. And the fact that she was just here with us — sitting right next to me, wearing a beautiful dress — on her way to the premiere of her new film, in a lovely happy place, makes it all the harder to take.

What do we do with that?

As it happens we had already planned to bring you a conversation about a new group that advocates for missing persons of color, one might say, why on earth do you need a group like that? Well, let's listen to what they have to say.

And, of course, one of the things we all find ourselves saying in a situation like the one involving Hudson's family: who would do something like that? Why would anyone do such a thing?

That's a question we find ourselves asking when we hear, say that four guys were connected in connection with some lame plot to kill Sen. Barack Obama, as occurred during the Denver convention. You ask yourself, are they racist or mentally ill, or both?

Or where's the line? That's the conversation we also had today. Let us know what you think.

And our hearts go out to all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one today.

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