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Jennifer Hudson Kisses Mother Goodbye

Published by Carrie Blackshaw on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 12:22 pm.

Jennifer Hudson

The Chicago Tribune reports that more than 2,500 mourners walked past the caskets of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew. Hudson rose and spent a few minutes with each family member, attendees said, shortly before the service began.

The actress and singer stood at her mother’s casket and then leaned down and kissed her goodbye.

The invitation-only event required all guests have their names on a list and a light blue ticket with “Hudson Family Funeral” printed on it. Police blocked side streets around the church to keep reporters and fans away. Celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, singer Fantasia Barrino, rapper Missy Elliot, actress Queen Latifah and record producer Clive Davis arrived through a private entrance.

Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at the funeral. American Idol finalist George Huff also sang.

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Did Someone Help Out In Hudson Tragedy?

Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm.

William Balfour

Police are investigating if more than one person was involved in the tragic murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew.

Investigators are trying to determine whether another person drove William Balfour to the West Side of Chicago after the killings at the Hudson’s South Side home according to law enforcement sources.

Balfour allegedly drove his vehicle on the block of the Hudson residence at 7:00am on Friday morning, yet his car was found a mile away outside a Chicago high school.

A security video shows someone parked the car outside the school but investigators have been unable to identity the person. According to the time stamp on the video, the car was parked at 12:30pm, roughly a couple hours after the murders.

Police do know that Balfour didn’t use his car to travel to his girlfriend’s house, where he was arrested last Friday evening.

Balfour remains in custody for violations but no charges have been filed as of yet.

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7-Year-Old Body Found In Hudson Case

Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 10:29 am.

Julian KingChicago police have found the body of a 7-year-old boy and are investigating whether it is the body of Jennifer Hudson’s missing nephew, Julian King.

The body was found inside the missing 1994 white Suburban that was owned by Jennifer’s brother, Jason Hudson.

The vehicle had been missing since the the tragic murders on Friday of Darnell and Jason Hudson.

Neighbors have said the car has been parked since Saturday.

Suspect William Balfour was arrested Friday evening at his girlfriend’s apartment, a few miles from where the Suburban was found.

1:12PM EST – Update: TMZ.com is reporting the FBI has said the body discovered today in an SUV in Chicago is “believed to be” that of Julian King, Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew. Chicago police have not confirmed but the Amber Alert issues for Julian King has been called off.

4:00PM EST – Update: A source close to the investigation is reporting that the body that is believed to be of 7-year-old Julian King suffered at least one gun shot to the head. Jennifer Hudson is on her way to the Medical Examiner’s office to ID the body.

4:45PM EST – Update: The Chicago Tribune is reporting the police have told the Hudson family that the 7-year-old body that was discovered this morning is Julian King.

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Hudson Family Offers $100K Reward

Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 9:41 pm.

Julian KingJennifer Hudson and her family are offering a $100,000 reward for the return of 7-year-old Julian King.

King has been missing since Friday morning after the murders of Jennifer’s mom and brother at her childhood home on Chicago’s South Side.

Hudson posted a statement on her MySpace page, thanking her fans for their support and posting photos of King.

“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 … Once again thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.”

Julian is described as 4-foot-11 and weighing 130 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair and was last seen wearing a striped polo shirt and khaki pants. Anyone with information about the boy is asked to call Wentworth Area detectives at (312)-747-8380.

As for the prime suspect in the case, William Balfour, he’s currently under the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Balfour violated the terms of his parole, but the nature of his violations are unclear.

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Jennifer Hudson’s Mother And Brother Killed

Published by Marcus Vanderberg on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 6:23 pm.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot and killed inside her mother’s home this afternoon in Chicago according to WLS-TV.

A representative of the family’s church, Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist, confirms that 57-year-old Darnell Hudson was one of the victims.

The second male victim is reportedly Hudson’s brother, Jason.

According to CBS 2 Chicago, police were searching for a man and 7-year-old boy. The man is known as William Balfour has braids in his hair, and could be driving a 1994 white Chevy with the license plate X584859, according to police. Balfour is married to Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia. Records show that Balfour has listed Hudson’s mother’s address as a place of residence within the last year and is currently on parole after serving jail time for attempted murder.

The boy, identified as Julian King, Hudson’s nephew, was wearing a tan jersey with the number 5 on it and tan slacks.

Update:

According to TMZ.com:

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.

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