Barack Obama Offers Support For Jennifer Hudson

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While family and friends mourn the tragic death of Jennifer Hudson's mom and brother, who were shot and killed Friday, support for the American Idol singer and Oscar winner continues to pour in - including from Barack Obama.

The U.S. Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate, who shares the same Chicago hometown as Jennifer Hudson, issued this statement on Saturday:

Mr. President

"Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn about this unimaginable tragedy and we want Jennifer to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We also pray for the swift and safe return of her young nephew."

Jennifer Hudson sang the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in August after a personal request from Barack Obama's campaign.

Police issued an Amber Alert for 7-year-old Julian King, who they believe may have been abducted by William Balfour, who is currently the prime suspect in the killings of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson.

William Balfour is in custody but is not cooperating.

The operating theory among Chicago detectives is the alleged "ongoing domestic dispute" between Balfour and estranged wife Julia Hudson - Jennifer's sister.

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I know that you probably will not get this message but our family welcomed you in to our hearts and home in your appearance on American Idol. Even though this tragedy did not happen to me I feel very hurt, disgusted, and do wholeheartedly sympathize with you and your family. I am also from Chicago and a mom of a beautiful 3 year old and I can not imagine the pain your family is enduring at this time. My heart goes out to the Hudson family. May God Bless you, protect you, and guide you through this very difficult time. May you find comfort and warmth in His spirit. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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My heart grieves for the Hudson family. Sooo much grief at one time. Jennifer you are our family our American Idol. May God Bless you and keep his loving and protecting arms around you and your loved ones. No words can express the sorrow I feel in my heart that has resulted from your loss. And for your sister Julia may God cover you and protect your heart. Not to discredit the death of you mother and brother, but when someone harms a child (who are so defenseless) it makes the pain that much more significant. May God Bless you, protect you and keep you and your family

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Words can't explain how I feel even though we don't know each other I felt this like it was my family I am still trying to figure out what can a person do to make someone just come and take their life especailly a seven year old. I have a son an Jennifer girl I just can not imagine. I am so sorry that this happen to you and I will keep you and your family in prayer. Girl just keep praising God because he will take care of it.

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Words can't explain how I feel even though we don't know each other I felt this like it was my family I am still trying to figure out what can a person do to make someone just come and take their life especailly a seven year old. I have a son an Jennifer girl I just can not imagine. I am so sorry that this happen to you and I will keep you and your family in prayer. Girl just keep praising God because he will take care of it.

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i am just a fun to u jenefer n im so sorry wth all that on ur shoulder.grl be strong life is hard some times but dont give up u are great n we are so proud of u.afrrican fun[2hafeni]