Sunday, February 25, 2024

Police: Body found in suv is Hudson’s nephew

The body of a 7-year-old boy found in an SUV on the South Side of Chicago Monday morning has been identified as Julian King – the nephew of Jennifer Hudson and son of her sister, Julia, Chicago police officials announced on Monday afternoon. Access Hollywood’s Tony Potts, who is on the scene in Chicago, reported it was Jennifer who identified the boy’s body. “She came in strong, very solemn,” a spokesperson for the Chicago Medical Examiner’s office told reporters. “Seven family members held hands and said a short prayer.”
Officials said Jennifer identified the body on a black-and-white TV screen in a room adjacent to where Julian’s body was held. Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the boy, like his grandmother and uncle, had been shot. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. In addition, William Balfour “remains a person of interest,” police added. However, “no suspects have been named.”
Julian was found inside Jason Hudson’s white SUV in the 1300 block of S. Kolin Avenue on Chicago’s South Side at around 8 AM on Monday. Julian was discovered missing on Friday afternoon, as news broke that Jennifer’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason, had been shot and killed inside Donerson’s Chicago home. Soon thereafter, an Amber Alert was issued for Julian and the FBI had been called in to assist in the search, according to reports.
At the time, authorities believed Julian might have been with his stepfather, William Balfour, who police were also seeking at the time. Authorities apprehended Balfour late Friday night, but the boy was not found with him.

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