In October 2008, following The Secret Life Of Bees premiere disaster hit the Hudson family. Jennifer's mother and brother were shot to death in their home in Chicago. An Amber Alert was issued for her nephew, Julian. Three days later, the body was found. He was another gunshot wound victim. It wasn't until July 2012 that Hudson's estranged brother-in-law was sentenced to three lifetimes in prison with no possibility of parole. On top of that, he was given 120 more years because of other convictions.