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Friday, October 24, 2008

Jennifer Hudson's Mother And Brother Murdered

UPDATED: On a sad note: Reports are coming out that a 57-year-old woman and 29-year-old man at a house owned by Jennifer Hudson's mother have been shot to death. While it's not confirmed It has now been confirmed that the victims are indeed Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson, that's the speculation.

Says MTV News:
Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother died of fatal gunshot wounds Friday, police have confirmed to MTV News.

A Chicago police representative said the singer's mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and older brother, Jason, were killed. Donerson was 57 years old; Jason was 29.

Officers received a call shortly before 3 p.m. Friday (October 24), the representative said, and upon arriving at the residence, 7019 South Yale Avenue, found the two victims. The incident has been declared a double homicide; police emphasized that this may be a domestic situation.

Julian King, Hudson's young nephew, who had been living at the residence, has been reported missing. Chicago police confirmed to MTV News that the child may be in the company of identified suspect William Balfour, an African-American male in his late 20s, who is considered armed and dangerous. King may be wearing khaki pants and a tan polo shirt with the number 5 on it, according to ABC News; the Chicago Tribune reported that he is 5 feet tall, weighs 135 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair.


William Balfour, a man suspected in the deaths and named in an Amber Alert issued Friday, was arrested Friday but had not been charged, law enforcement sources told the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond, who declined to comment Saturday on a suspect, said no one had been charged. She has said investigators were talking to "a number of people in custody."

On Saturday, neighbors and friends gathered outside the Hudson home and planned to scour the neighborhood to look for the child.

"We need to find that kid by sundown," said Ziff Sistrunk, a friend of the Hudson family.

Bond said the FBI had been called to help in the search for the boy on "the possibility or any theory that he could have been take across state lines." But, she added, "We have nothing to prove that."

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