CHICAGO: Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson often credited her rise to
fame to her upbringing in the impoverished neighbourhood on Chicago's south
Today her family is struggling to come to terms with the shooting
deaths of Hudson's mother and brother. And they're praying for the safe
return of Hudson's missing seven-year-old nephew.
Chicago police on Saturday (October 25) asked the FBI to help find
Julian King, missing since Friday when Hudson's mother, 57-year-old Darnell
Donerson, and brother Jason Hudson, who was 29, were found dead in Donerson's
At a news conference Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis refused to
name a man held in police custody, or describe him as a suspect.
Twenty-seven-year-old William Balfour reportedly had a relationship
with Hudson's sister and is the father of the missing boy.
The Illinois Department of Corrections Web site lists Balfour as having
been convicted of attempted murder, car theft and vehicular hijacking. He was
released from prison in 2006.
On Friday, a police spokeswoman said of the murders: “It appears
to be domestic related.”
Hudson gained fame in 2005 as a contestant on No. 1-rated U.S.
television talent show “American Idol.” She was one of 12 finalists
in the third season but was voted off.
Still, her booming voice and popularity kept her touring in live shows
and eventually she earned the role as Effie White in the 2006 film version of
the stage musical “Dreamgirls.”
The role of soulful singer White, who is kicked out of an all-girl
1960s singing group, earned Hudson the Oscar for best supporting actress and
made her an instant star in Hollywood.
Since then Hudson has appeared in the movie version of “Sex and
the City,” and is currently in “The Secret Life of Bees.”