Saturday, October 25, 2008

Jennifer Hudson's Relatives Murdered: Suspected Domestic Abuse

CHICAGO (AP) -- The mother and brother of Jennifer Hudson were found shot dead Friday at a South Side home, and police were looking for a missing child who is the nephew of the singer and Oscar-winning actress.
"We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation concerning the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson," Hudson's personal publicist, Lisa Kasteler, said in a statement. "No further comment will be made and the family has asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time."
Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the deaths appeared to be the result of Domestic Abuse. The Cook County medical examiner's office said autopsies for Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, were pending.
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Police are questioning a suspect in the killings of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother, according to published reports, and are searching for a boy missing from the scene. An Amber Alert has been issued for Hudson's 7-year-old nephew Julian King. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, William Balfour, 27, has been taken into custody. On his MySpace page, Balfour says he is married to Jennifer Hudson's sister Julia Hudson and has a stepson.

Jennifer Hudson won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of Effie in the film version of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls." She competed on the third season of "American Idol" in 2004, making it to the top seven contestants before being eliminated from the contest.
The Associated Press reports that Balfour is on parole and spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle.
Julian, the missing boy, is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He was wearing a brown polo shirt with stripes and khaki pants when last seen, authorities said in the Amber Alert.
· WLS: Bodies found in home of Hudson's mom
· CLTV: Sources say Jennifer Hudson relative slain
A 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban usually at the house was also gone, authorities said at an evening news conference.
The Amber Alert said Julian, who police said was Donerson's grandson, could also be in the Suburban or in a teal or green Chrysler Concorde with a temporary license plate, a left front headlight hanging out and scratches on the left side.
Deputy Police Chief Joseph Patterson said the bodies were found about 3 p.m. Friday, when a relative arrived home and found Donerson shot to death on the living room floor.
The relative backed out of the house and called police, who found Jason Hudson shot to death in a bedroom, Patterson said. Watch the police news conference »
Neighbors reported hearing gunshots earlier Friday, he said. Authorities found no signs of forced entry to the home and are not sure whether other items are missing. Watch the scene outside the house »
Hudson's representatives would not disclose her whereabouts Friday, but Willie Davis, pastor of Progressive Baptist Church, told CNN affiliate CLTV that she is on her way back to Chicago.
Davis said he was notified that he might be called out to assist Hudson and her family members.

2 comments: said...

Hello there!

This is just so very sad.

I hope that it is also a wake up call to black people to STOP coddling mentally ill relatives and shrugging off their behavior and threats with "he's trippin" and "she's trippin".

How many black folks will NOT even use the word "mentally ill" to describe the dangerous persons in their own families.

Let this be a wake up call to stop mimimizing this pathology in our own families.

I pray for the comfort and healing of this family.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe it when I heard it on the news yesterday! I hope that jennifer and her family can get through this terrible tragedy...God Bless and may have strength.

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