Jennifer Hudson Mourns Death of Mother, Brother; Search Continues for Missing Nephew

Academy award winning actress and signer Jennifer Hudson is asking for the public’s help in bringing the person responsible for the murder of her mother and brother on Friday (Oct. 24) to justice and finding her missing nephew. The actress’ sister, Julia Balfour discovered the body of her mom Donerson Hudson, 57, in the living room, and that of her 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson’s in the bedroom of the Family’s South Side Chicago home, both with multiple gunshot wounds, but there was no sign of her son 7-year-old Julian King.

Over the weekend police questioned Julia Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law William Balfour (at left)about the shooting and the whereabouts of his stepson. An Amber Alert was issued for Julian King with the police and the Hudson family asking for the public’s help in locating a white 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859 that was spotted in the area at the time of the shootings.

While no charges have been filed against Mr. Balfour he remains a suspect and in FBI custody. He served nearly seven years in prison for numerous charges including attempted murder and car jacking before being released in 2006. Mr. Balfour and Julia Hudson are currently separated.

Mr. Balfour’s mother, Michele Davis-Balfour, in the meantime spoke to Chicago’s WLS, telling them “Out of no means did my son do this, ” and asking for the public’s help in finding her missing stepson, “Whoever has Jennifer Hudson’s nephew or Julia Balfour’s son, please, I’m begging you, me and my family are begging you to return that son.”

Jennifer Hudson, who was in Florida at the time of the shooting on a promotional tour for her new self-titled album and the film, “The Secret Life of Bees,” rushed back to Chicago to i.d. the bodies of her mother and brother.

In a post on her MySpace page Jennifer Hudson again pleaded for help in finding her nephew “Thank you all for your prayers and your calls. Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely. If anyone has any information about his whereabouts please contact the authorities immediately. Here is a picture of Julian and what he was last seen wearing. Once again thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.”

7-yr-old Julian King stands at 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 130 pounds. He was seen wearing a striped brown polo shirt and khaki pants.

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