Two years ago, in 2008, Jennifer’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, and older brother, Jason, 29, were found dead in their Chicago home. Later, her missing nephew, Julian King, 7, was found dead in an SUV on Chicago’s West Side.
‘It’s all a blur, it was surreal. It was like I was outside of myself’, she said.
‘For almost two weeks straight… [I was] inside one room with just family and friends coming in and out,’ says the 28-year-old. ‘I prayed when I’d get up in the morning and prayed before I laid down at night.’
I feel like I’ve lived about three or four different lives,’ she says. Jennifer said that her son reminds her of her nephew.
The actress added: ‘I want him to get the same love and the same upbringing as my mother gave to us and that way I’ll know for sure he’ll be loved.’