Confirmed: Body Found Is Hudson Nephew

Published: Monday 27th Oct 2008 by Sam
Confirmed: Body Found Is Hudson NephewThe news we were all dreading has been confirmed: the child’s body found in an abandoned white SUV has been confirmed as that of Julian King – the 7 year old nephew of Jennifer Hudson. See the full report via Fox News below:

CHICAGO — Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew was found dead in the back of an SUV on Monday, ending a frantic search that began after the shooting deaths of her mother and brother three days earlier.

The singer and actress was among seven family members and close friends who cried and held hands as they identified Julian King’s body from a live image on a television screen at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Monday afternoon.

Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the boy, like his grandmother and uncle, had been shot. The medical examiner’s office planned a Tuesday autopsy.

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said a motive remained unclear Monday but added, “It wasn’t a case of a stranger-type homicide.”

Police have characterized the slayings as “domestic related” and authorities have been questioning Julian’s stepfather, who has been estranged from the boy’s mother and is being held on a parole violation. No one has been charged in the slayings.

Julian’s body was found shortly after 7 a.m. in the rear seat of the SUV, which matched the one mentioned in an Amber Alert for the boy and was parked on the street in a neighborhood of brownstone homes and apartment buildings.

The vehicle was about 10 miles from the house where the other victims were found, which was where Julian lived and where Hudson grew up.

Hudson had offered $100,000 Sunday for information leading to the safe return of her nephew, the son of her sister, Julia Hudson. Hudson’s publicist did not immediately return calls and e-mail messages Monday.

“Miss Hudson wanted to request privacy,” Cook County spokesman Sean Howard said after the family left the medical examiner’s office. “This is a very trying time for her and her family.”

Hudson’s aunt, Dorothy Hudson, said the Chicago funeral home she owns with her husband will handle arrangements for the family, but details were pending.

“We’re just sad. We’re going through this stage where we’re just sad and in shock,” Dorothy Hudson said.

The Amber Alert had listed William Balfour, the estranged husband of Julia Hudson, as a suspect in a “double homicide investigation.”

We continue to hold the Hudson family in a our prayers during this unquestionably painful time.

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  1. Anonymous October 27, 2008

    It’s one thing to take someone’s life but how can you sit there and take the life of a child a 7 year old child he is still a baby and you take his life thats beyond anything I could say right now things like this really makes me sick to my stomach

    I can’t believe he killed them and for what because he got mad thats b******* we all get mad but you don’t see us killing people and CHILDREN!

    If you can take a life of a child you are truly a monster and I hope they tear his ass apart you just don’t do things like that

  2. shannon♠ October 27, 2008

    This is so unimaginably horrific. I can’t even fathom what Jennifer and her family must be going through. I send all my love to the family and keep them in my prayers. I can only pray and hope that God gives them the strength to stay strong and that the person who committed these heartless, inhumane, and completely animalistic crimes, is finally found and justice is served.

  3. LaFrancina October 28, 2008

    My Condolences to the Hudson Family.

  4. Anonymous October 28, 2008

    Trust & believe, whoever did these SICK & TWISTED crimes, if the law does not get them, someone else will. What goes around comes back around MUCH HARDER. It just sad when a child is not given a chance to fulfill their full potential in life.

  5. Anonymous October 28, 2008

    Poor kid. I wish him well in heaven!

  6. Anonymous October 30, 2008

    Good publicity.

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