Chicago Police And FBI Search For Jennifer Hudson's 7 Year-old Nephew Julian King
Chicago police have issued an Amber Alert for Julian King the young nephew of popular singer-actress Jennifer Hudson. King is the seven year-old son of Hudson's sister Julia; he is believed to have been in the home of his grandmother Darnell Donerson, Hudson's mother, when Donerson and her son, Jason Hudson, brother of the singer, were murdered in a double homicide.
Chicago police authorities said in the Amber Alert Julian King, an African-American male, is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a striped brown polo shirt and khaki pants.
South Side as well as all Chicago area residents have been asked to look out for a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859.
Police on Friday had detained for questioning and later arrested William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia and step-father to the seven year-old Julian. A police spokesman said Balfour, who had been in police custody since Friday, was transferred today to the Illinois Department of Corrections "based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation."
What is known of William Balfour, from the records of the Illinois Department of Corrections, is he is 27 years-old; he served seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. State records also indicate he was released in May 2006 from Illinois River Correctional Center in Downstate Canton and he is still on parole.
Though Chicago Police Superintendent Jodie Weis says the information they currently have points to domestic drama,no charges have been filed against Balfour in connection with the murders and abduction at this time. The child was not with him when apprehended by police. Weis promises to continue to work with the family or anyone who can provide help in solving the crimes.
Michele Balfour, mother of William Balfour, expressed her condolences to the Hudson family while adamantly stating her son is not responsible for the crimes against the family. Balfour says she and others spoke to William Balfour on Friday and early Saturday morning even saying he returned calls.
A plea for the child's return was delivered last night, Saturday, October 25, 2008, by Julia Hudson Balfour the mother of the missing boy. She stated: "All I ask, I don't care who you are, just let my baby go, please. I just want my son." Chicago police have requested assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the child may have been taken across state lines into Indiana.
Earlier today, Sunday, October 26, 2008 the singer Jennifer Hudson made an appeal for the public's help in the safe return of her young nephew Julian King. In a MySpace blog entry Hudson said she is grateful for community support and posted a picture of her sister's son.
"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." Jennifer Hudson
On Saturday Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the deaths as homicides. Donerson and Hudson were found dead on Friday in the home of Jennifer Hudson's mother having suffered fatal gun shot wounds.
This unfortunate tragedy comes at a time when Jennifer Hudson is enjoying great success in her professional and personal life. After being rejected in the American Idol competition Hudson was catapulted to fame and stardom when she received an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in the movie musical Dream Girls. She was also a featured player in the summer hit chic-flic Sex In The City. She currently has a number one hit single from her recently released debut album; Hudson became a part of indelible history when she sang the National Anthem at the Democratic National Convention on the night of Illinois Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech as the party's candidate for POTUS. Last month her representative confirmed Hudson became engaged to be married on her birthday to David "Punk" Otunga who also hails from Chicago and is known to viewers of the reality show "I Love New York 2".
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