A few weeks ago Jennifer Hudson posted a picture of herself enjoying the Easter sunshine with her partner, son and sister.
But there was a shadow hanging over the happy family scene.
The Dreamgirls star was due to testify in the trial of a man charged with killing her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew – the son of her sister Julia Hudson.
At the start of the proceedings Jennifer told a Chicago court that she”d known defendant William Balfour – the estranged husband of her sister – since school but never liked him.
“None of us, myself, my mother, or my brother, we did not like how he treated her, and I didn”t like how he treated my nephew,” she said, her voice breaking with emotion.
“I would tell (Julia) over and over again not to marry William”.
Prosecutors have accused the defendant of shooting the alleged victims in a jealous rage over the breakdown of the relationship.