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Taraji Finally Tells That Why Her Family Was Murdered

When her ex-husband and the father of her son was murdered, Marcell was very young. Taraji was a struggling actress back then along with being a single mother to a 9-year-old kid. In the year 2003, her ex-husband went to confront a couple who slashed his friend's tires but everything went downhill.   

The couple- Russell Nickelson and Charlotte Nickelson who according to court documents, were responsible for William's death.

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Taraji Finally Tells That Why Her Family Was Murdered

Taraji Finally Tells That Why Her Family Was Murdered

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Allegedly, Russell started to beat William over his head while his wife repeatedly stabbed her.

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The pair was then convicted of manslaughter and both Charlotte and Russell were sentenced to 30 months and 50 months in prison, respectively.

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Mourning.

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"His dad was murdered when Marcell was 9," Taraji talks about her son. "He's had to deal with life in a way that a lot of young kids haven't yet." And even though they weren't together at that time, "we would sit and weep about it," says Taraji "Do I mourn for him? Absolutely. I wish my son had his dad. But sometimes things line up and they have to happen and we don't know why."

At the times, she was a struggling mother, living off welfare as nothing good was happening in her acting career.

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After tackling such difficult times, she finally managed to not only a successful actress but a cultural icon.

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Her first love.

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"I had my one bad boy," The couple started to date while she was attending Howard University. "That was my son's father, my first love, and he's not with us, God rest his soul."

Even after so much struggle, she didn't lose hope.

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This only goes on to prove that where there's a will, there is way.

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