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Jennifer Hudson's Mother

Found Dead

10/25/2008 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jennifer HudsonUPDATE 11:26 PM ET: The suspect, William Balfour, has been taken into custody. Hudson's nephew, 7-year-old Julian King is still missing, according to WFLD-Chicago. Balfour is refusing to cooperate with cops or supply info.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jennifer Hudson's mother was one of two victims shot and killed in Chicago earlier today.

A neighbor tells TMZ the other victim was Jennifer's brother Jason. A cousin who lived nearby discovered the bodies.

We're told the two bodies were found dead on the scene at 2:44 PM. When the fire department arrived and discovered the bodies, police were brought in and the home was declared a crime scene.

A call to Hudson's rep was not immediately returned.

UPDATE 6:40 PM ET: An all points bulletin has been issued for a boy, believed to be Hudson's 7-year-old nephew (right), who may have been taken from the scene. Police are looking for 1994 white Suburban with the license plate X584859.

UPDATE 7:35 PM ET: Police are looking for William Balfour (left), who they claim could be with the missing 7-year-old. According to records, Balfour listed Hudson's mother's address as a place of residence within the last year. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections website, Balfour is currently on parole after serving jail time for attempted murder.

UPDATE 8:35 PM ET: Lost in all this is Jennifer's sister Julia, mother of the missing 7-year-old. We're told she works as a bus driver in Chicago. Her employer told us she worked her shift today. She hasn't been seen since.

UPDATE 9:20 PM ET: A WBBM reporter is saying that neighbors have said a family member in the Hudson household apparently tried to steal a car a few weeks ago, an argument ensued, and he vowed revenge. A photo on Julia's MySpace page (bottom) posted prior to today's events alludes to some kind of dispute with William over a car.

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How horrible~! My thoughts and prayers are with her!

2160 days ago

What a tragedy. So sorry for your loss Jennifer. I hope they catch these punks.

2160 days ago


OMG, that is just Horrible!

2160 days ago

jhud fan    

omg horrible
She must be NUMB

2160 days ago


Life seemed to be going along so well for Jennifer and I feel very bad for her. She is in my thoughts and prayers.

2160 days ago


Oh, this is horrible. What a terrible terrible thing to happen to anyone. Our prayers are with the family members.

2160 days ago

TMZ Fraternity    

WOW that is crazy..I wonder what happened..Isn't she rich now? Im sure she put her mom up in a nice house or something, because it would be a shame if this happened because her mom was still in a poor neighborhood. You know you cant keep anything nice around poor people because they will try and rob you or something esp if they think you have nice things.

2160 days ago


Those Gun Free Zones sure are safe arent they?

2160 days ago


God be with them and may He give Jennifer the strength to get through this tragic time. Many prayers are with you Jennifer!

2160 days ago


Latest news is that a child (niece/nephew) of Jennifer is being held for ransom...what is wrong with people in this world today?

2160 days ago


How can you say the girls mother and brother are dead before this is even verified, let the girl found out from the source, i live in chicago and it's all over the news that the medical examiner is not even on scene yet. The girl should find out from family not on a website.

2160 days ago


I feel so bad for her! To lose her mother and her brother in such a tragedy.

2160 days ago


I am so sorry for this terrible tragedy. I am praying for you and your family. God Bless Jennifer....

2160 days ago


OMG, this is beyond tragic!! My prayers to Jennifer, may God help you through such heartbreak. Nothing anyone can say or do will take away from the pain, but know you and your family are in many peoples thoughts & hearts... And may the coward(s) who did this be brought to justice!

2160 days ago


So sad. Senseless.

2160 days ago
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