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An Atlanta news station has reported that the son-in-law of the late singer James Brown was shot to death in the garage of his home. The family is reporting that the believe the death of Darren “Chip” Lumar to be a hit. The police however have said that they have not made any arrests and they don’t have a motive..
According to witnesses who said they saw the whole thing, the gunman shot Lumar, and started  if he was looking to see if anyone was watching him. The witnesses said he then rounded a corner, possibly jumping a fence, and got into a car that was waiting for him.       

Lumar was married to Brown’s daughter, Yamma Brown Lumar, who had recently divorced him.  Sources close to the family said that when Lumar arrived at the hospital, he had $4,000 in cash in his pocket.

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South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba, known to many as “Mama Africa,” died early Monday in southern Italy. Miriam Makeba was taken to the emergency room of the Pineta Grande Clinic, after performing at a concert against organized crime. She was 76. Hospital reps says the cause of death was a heart attack.

Our prayers go out to her family!

As of Friday Chicago police confirmed that the .45-caliber found in a vacant lot, was the firearm used in the murders of Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother and nephew.

The weapon has been positively identified through forensic examination as the weapon that was used in the homicides,” said police Superintendent Jody Weis, according to the Associated Press.

The gun was discovered in the same neighborhood where the body of Hudson’s nephew, Julian King was found. The bodies of Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson and her brother Jason Hudson were discovered in the family’s home last Friday.

There has not been any charges made yet in the killings, however 27-year-old William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia, is in custody on a parole violation and Police have also made him a “person of interest.”

The Hudson family held a public memorial Sunday at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Neither Jennifer or Julia attended.

The family will hold a private funeral services for Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew this afternoon at Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side.

Thursday Jennifer Hudson’s family announced a new foundation for families of murder victims.

The Hudson-King Foundation is for Families of Slain Victims. The foundation is named in honor of the singer/actress’ mother Darnell Hudson Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and nephew Julian King.

In a statement give by the family they said, “The specific purpose of the Foundation is to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime, this encompasses their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter as well as grief counseling.”

Donations to the Hudson-King Foundation can be sent:
c/o Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
Attn: William L. Abrams, Esq.
237 West 35th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

As reported earlier, the body of Julian King was found in the white Suburban that was reported in the Amber Alert. Here is the full report:

Jennifer helped positively identify the body of her young nephew today, hours after he was found with gunshot wounds in a sport-utility vehicle on Chicago’s West Side, authorities said.

An autopsy was scheduled to be done on the body of Julian on Tuesday at the Cook County medical examiner’s office, where Hudson and other relatives went to help identify the remains this afternoon.

A law enforcement source told the Tribune that the boy had been shot multiple times in the back of the white Chevrolet Suburban. The vehicle had been the subject of an intense search and Amber Alert issued on Friday after Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot and killed inside the family’s South Side home.

**WEEN continues to extend our condolences to the Hudson family during this trying time. They are in our hearts, thoughts & prayers**

After Julia Hudson, the sister of Jennifer Hudson, gave a press conference on Saturday with Greg King, the biological father of Julian King. Jennifer Hudson’s publicist, Lisa Kasteler, made and announcement that the Oscar-winning actress and her family are offering a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her missing 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, has been missing since the Friday’s shooting deaths of Jennifer’s mother and brother at the family’s home in Chicago. The family asks that any information be given to the Chicago Police Department. The investigation is ongoing/active and the FBI have joined in the search for Jennifer’s nephew Julian.

*UPDATE* The search for 7-year old Julian King has come to an end after the body of the young boy was found in the white 1994 Chevrolet Suburban that was said to be the car used to kidnap Julian. Our condolences go out to the Hudson family as they go through this trying time. No one could possibly imagine what they are going through.

Read the latest at CNN

Note: WEEN will not be giving minute-by-minute updates about these tragic turn of events, because we want to respect the Hudson family. The updates will be short and far in between. However, we will update you when speculations are CONFIRMED. Again, the Hudson family is in our prayers.

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones died just yesterday from a brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm. Check out the report:

Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a longtime member of Congress and most recently a stalwart supporter of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, died yesterday just after 6 p.m. Her hometown paper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, reported earlier that the police found her unconscious in her car on Tuesday night, after seeing it weave erratically. She was seeking her sixth term in Congress. And she was a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as a recent co-chairwoman of the Ethics Committee, which she helped to rebuild after a stormy period when the Foley page scandal rocked the House of Representatives.

She was 58 years old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.