Jennifer 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)