In sad news, Jennifer Hudson’s mother Darnelle Donerson and brother Jason Hudson were found shot dead inside the Hudsons’ South Side Chicago home on Friday night. I made a photo collage of all parties involved in this tragic news.
Via The Huffington Post:
Deputy Chief Joseph Patterson said a family member entered the home around 3 p.m. Friday, found a woman shot on the living room floor and left to notify authorities. Responding officers found a man shot in the bedroom, Patterson said. There was no sign of forced entry.
Police tape blocked access to the large, white house, where a crowd gathered outside.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for 7-year-old Julian King, and were seeking a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban. The child was the grandson of the female victim, Patterson said.
The alert said the child was possibly abducted, and accompanied by a man — considered armed and dangerous — who was a suspect in the double homicide investigation. Records with the Illinois Department of Corrections show the man, who has not been charged with a crime, is on parole and spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. [READ MORE]
UPDATE 11:26 PM ET: The suspect, William Balfour, has been taken into custody. Hudson’s nephew, 7-year-old Julian King is still missing, according to WFLD-Chicago. Balfour is refusing to cooperate with cops or supply info.
UPDATE 8:35 PM ET: Lost in all this is Jennifer’s sister Julia, mother of the missing 7-year-old. We’re told she works as a bus driver in Chicago. Her employer told us she worked her shift today. She hasn’t been seen since.
UPDATE 9:20 PM ET: A WBBM reporter is saying that neighbors have said a family member in the Hudson household apparently tried to steal a car a few weeks ago, an argument ensued, and he vowed revenge. A photo on Julia’s MySpace page (bottom) posted prior to today’s events alludes to some kind of dispute with William over a car. [TMZ]
Jennifer’s rep release a statement to PEOPLE.
“We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation concerning the deaths of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson,” rep Lisa Kasteler tells PEOPLE. “No further comment will be made and the family has asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
All around this news is so sad considering the career high Jennifer experience in the past last year with the Oscar, the release of her debut album, & “Dreamgirls” accolades. Do send over your thoughts and prayers to Jennifer via her official myspace page: MYSPACE.COM/JENNIFERHUDSON.