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Casket Kiss

Actress Jennifer Hudson leaned over her mother’s casket and kissed her for the last time in a moving ceremony in Chicago yesterday, a day after her brother and nephew were buried, all three victims of an unexplained shooting spree. American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino took Hudson’s hand as she sang the gospel classic “Your Grace and Mercy.” The service was attended by many of Chicago’s most prominent citizens, including Oprah Winfrey, as well as Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, and record producer Clive Davis. Mayor Richard Daley and the Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke at the service.