NEW YORK (Story last updated Oct. 27 @ 11:14 p.m. ET) - The child’s body found this morning in the white Chevrolet Suburban that police had been searching for in connection with the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mom, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, has been confirmed as that of the Oscar winner’s nephew, Julian King.
The seven-year-old had been missing since Friday, when Darnell and Jason were gunned down in their Chicago home.
The Amber Alert issued for the child soon after the carnage was discovered included the vehicle’s license plate, which in turn led passers to call 911, Chicago Police officials said.
William Balfour, 27, is being held in suspicion of the horrific slayings. Cops said the suspect took Julian with him when he fled the scene of the crime.
On her MySpace page yesterday, Jennifer posted this message from the Hudson family:
“Thank you all for your prayers and your calls. Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely . . . Here’s a picture [below] of Julian and what he was last seen wearing. Once again thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.”
The last photo of Julian, who was slain along with Jennifer's mom and brother. May the child rest in peace - and justice be served.
Balfour had been married to Jennifer’s sister, Julia, for several years, but they were separated. Last year, Darnell reportedly told him to move out of the family’s home.
Out on parole while apprehended, Balfour spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted homicide, car-jacking and possession of a stolen vehicle.
J-Hud’s Happier Times
Earlier this year, Jennifer, 27, appeared on BlogTalkRadio from the set of her current film, The Secret Life of Bees.
Our prayers remain with you, Jennifer.
She called in to support fellow musician Craig Lewis, frontman for The Craig Lewis Band. During the segment, Craig gave BlogTalkRadio listeners a sampling of his astounding singing talent, which blew Jennifer away.
“Can you imagine what a Craig Lewis Band-Jennifer Hudson collaboration would be like?” asked host Darryl Roberts.
Shrieked Jennifer: “That’s an idea, y’all!”
To hear Jennifer’s January interview, click here.
Jennifer also appeared on the network in March 2007 for a full 90 minutes. During that interview, she belted out some joyful noise from one of her favorite gospel standards.
Then she quipped: “That’s for the people who didn’t believe this was really me.”
To hear Jennifer’s March 2007 interview, click here.