UPDATE UPDATE: WILLIAM BALFOUR IS IN CUSTODY. LITTLE JULIAN IS STILL MISSING. SEE SNARK FOOD’s LATEST POST
UPDATE: AroundHarlem.com quotes a source in Chicago saying that the murders were committed as an act of revenge. â€œThe Hudson family kicked someone out of a house. He said heâ€™d be back to kill them.â€ Police are still calling the murders “a domestic dispute.” Suspect William Balfour’s address that is registered with authorities, is the address of Jennifer’s mother’s home.
A horrible tragedy is unfolding today as the mother and brother of American Idol alum, singer, and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudsonwere found shot to death inside their home this afternoon. To make things even worse, Jennifer’s 7 year old nephew, Julian King, is missing. He is 5 feet tall, 135 pounds, wearing a polo shirt with the number “5” on it, and khaki pants. He is suspected to have been taken by a man named William Balfour. An Amber Alert has been issued for a 1994 white Suburban with Illinois license plate number X584859 AND/OR A teal/green Chrysler Concord four-door with a left front headlight hanging out that is scratched all along its left side. The Chrysler is displaying temporary tags of 332K823.
William Balfour, 27, is Jennifer Hudson’s brother-in-law; her sister Julia is little Julian’s mom, but it isn’t clear if Balfour is Julian’s father. Balfour is pictured below. He is said to now be wearing braids in his hair, and could possibly be driving on the North Side of Chicago
Police have confirmed Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donnerson, 57; and brother, Jason S. Hudson, 29 are the deceased. The home where the bodies were discovered is at 7019 S. Yale in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, on the South Side of Chicago. Property records indicate the home belongs to Darnell Donerson.
A cousin who lives nearby found Jennifer’s mother shot dead in the living room of the home, backed out of the house and called police. When police arrived, they also found Jennifer’s brother Jason shot dead upstairs.
William Balfour is listed as on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections after he spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 1999. He’s 5-foot-5 and weighs 147 pounds. He is considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS. If you see him, call 911, do not approach. Balfour’s picture is below.
Neighbors did report hearing gunshots in the neighborhood earlier this morning. The bodies were found around 3pm this afternoon. Police are saying the deaths are suspected to be the result of “domestic abuse.” More details on this tragedy as they become available. Please pray for Jennifer, her family, and for the safe rescue of 7-year-old Julian King.