Former ‘American Idol’ Castmates Offer Prayers, Support For Jennifer Hudson

Sunday, Oct 26, 2008  |  Updated 8:29 PM CDT
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Former ‘American Idol’ Castmates Offer Prayers, Support For Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson’s former “American Idol” Season 3 finalists have offered their support and prayers for the Oscar-winner, following news that her mother, Darnell Donnerson, and brother Jason Hudson, were shot and killed at the family’s Chicago home.

“My heart, my prayers and love go out to Jennifer and her family,” LaToya London, who placed fourth in Season 3 of “Idol” told Access Hollywood. “I will constantly keep them in my prayers. Jennifer, stay strong.”

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“I’m shocked,” Camile Velasco, another “Idol” Season 3 cast member said. “This news caught me off guard. I met Jennifer’s mom when she came to the set in L.A. and I also went to Jennifer’s home on the South Side of Chicago during the ‘American Idol’ tour and spent time with her mom.”

Velasco told Access Hollywood that Darnell Donnerson, Jennifer’s mom, was a wonderful woman.

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“She was a great lady, real sweet and a great supporter of Jennifer’s who was happy and glad for her daughter’s success,” Velasco said. “Jennifer has great faith in God and is loved by so many so I hope that will get her through this ordeal. She has my love and support and I am here for her if she needs me.”

Jasmine Trias, also offered her prayers for her former “American Idol” co-star.

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