Jennifer Hudson was in tears as she hosted a charity event in Chicago in honour of her nephew, Julian King.
The Oscar winner's nephew was shot dead by his mother's boyfriend, William Balfour, along with Hudson's mother and brother.
The Dreamgirls actress and her sister set up Julian King Foundation after his death and last night they hosted the second annaul event, marking his 11th birthday.
Speaking with WGNtv.com, she said, "To be able to turn such a negative around and make it a positive thing... seeing this is like 'wow'. What's the point of being who you are if you can't make a difference? If you can't help someone else?"
The mother-of-one also took to Twitter to wish her nephew a haapy birthday, writing, "Happy 11th birthday to my late nephew Julian King! We will celebrate u (sic) always! Happy 'Hatch Day' to u all!"
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Jennifer Hudson performs at Taste of Chicago 2012, Chicago, Illonois (11.07.12) (Photo credit: C.M. Wiggins/WENN.com)