Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother murdered, nephew found dead

Jenniferhudsonmom_lJennifer Hudson’s family tragedy took another sad turn late Monday when Chicago police identified a body they found earlier in the day as that of her missing nephew, Julian King, CNN reports. The 7-year-old boy had been been missing since Hudson’s mother and brother were found murdered at home on Friday. King’s body was discovered Monday in a Chevrolet Suburban that investigators were searching for in connection with the killings.

Police had detained King’s stepfather, William Balfour, 27, for questioning in the case. Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson, was subsequently transferred to prison on a parole violation charge. Charges have yet to be filed against anyone in connection with the murders. Balfour has denied involvement in the killings, but his alibi the day of the murders has been contradicted by his girlfriend.

The Oscar-winning actress and singer’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother Jason Hudson, 29, were gunned down in a home on the South Side of Chicago on Friday, according to the Chicago Police Department. Police told CNN that the bodies were discovered at about 3 p.m. Friday, when a relative found Donerson (pictured, with Hudson at the 2007 Academy Awards) shot to death on the living room floor of her home. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered Jason Hudson’s dead body in a bedroom. Over the weekend, Jennifer Hudson, a former American Idol contestant, viewed her family members’ bodies and announced a $100,000 reward for King’s return, while other family members appealed to the public for the boy’s safe return.

“Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support
and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope
with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian,” her publicist said in a statement over the weekend. (Additional reporting by Mandi Bierly)

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  • support

    wow, this is quite sad and awful. my deep condolences are with Jennifer Hudson.

  • Dan

    This is SOOOO sad. J-Hud we all love you :(

  • Dan

    This is SOOOO sad. J-Hud, we love you :(

  • LT

    OMG!
    my condolences

  • oh!

    its shocking

  • BJohnson

    Prayers going out to her family. The news has updated that the missing 7 year old is her nephew and believed to be with the suspect.

  • EMF

    Prayers for Jennifer and her family.

  • Cindy

    This is very tragic, you, your family, and friends of the family will be in our prayers God Bless!

  • Andrew

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer and her family. This is such sad news!

  • RR

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer and her family.

  • COOKIES&CREAM

    man i would have never thought dis could happen 2 her i hope the find the boy alive and her mother&brother rest in peace GOD BLESS!

  • COOKIES&CREAM

    man i would have never thought dis could happen 2 her i hope the find the boy alive and her mother&brother rest in peace GOD BLESS!

  • sean

    How terribly awful, sad and trajic.
    Ms. Hudson I’ll keep you & your family in my prayers in Jesus name.

  • Anonymous

    my heart goes out to you and your family,may god bless you with strength and forgivness, but never forgetness,we love you and my prayers are with you always,your child will be your mothers or brothers second life, remember that we live on even after death, keep your head up and know how proud they were of you.may continue to bless you.

  • cynthia arps

    Just wanted to say to jennifer and her family..im sorry they have lost loved ones.. I pray for they’re strength and for the nephew.. may he be safe
    Nothing anyone can say can change what is done..and no one ever can say the right things at a time like this…but
    You are in my heart and prayers..God bless you all

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