Honorary street proposed for Jennifer Hudson's slain nephew

The slain nephew of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson could get Chicago honorary street sign.

The slain nephew of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson could be honored with a street sign near his elementary school on Chicago's Southwest Side.

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) this week proposed erecting an honorary street sign in Julian King's name in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, which is near the school Julian attended: Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy.

Julian was only 7 years old and in second grade when he was murdered in October 2008. William Balfour, the ex-husband of Hudson's sister Julia, was convicted in 2012 of killing Julian, Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson. Balfour is serving three life sentences.

Since the tragedy, the Hudsons have created the Julian D. King Gift Foundation and have hosted annual holiday toy drives and "Hatch Day" celebrations to distribute school supplies to Chicago children.

Lopez said he was contacted by the Hudson family and foundation with a request for the honorary street. The Brighton Park neighborhood and school were supportive, he said.

"It's our hope, I would imagine, by honoring young Julian's life at a place that meant so much to him, at his school, we'll be able to keep his memory alive," Lopez said.

The sign can also help raise awareness for the need to end violence, he said.

"We see violence in our community every day. It's not just a name in the newspaper. They are people's children and grandchildren and cousins and family," he said.

The honorary street designation will be considered by the Committee on Transportation and Public Way before going to the City Council for approval. The alderman expected more details next month on the ceremony to unveil the sign.

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