Murder Weapon in Jennifer Hudson Family Killings Found

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The murder weapon used to kill Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson's mom, brother and young nephew has been found, police in Chicago believe.

The gun was found by a detective searching land close to where the body of seven-year-old Julian King was discovered in a car last weekend.

Mother Darnell Donerson, 57, brother Jason Hudson, 29, and nephew Julian King, 7, are believed to have been killed with a .45-caliber weapon.

Technicians from the Illinois State Police crime lab will test the gun they found today against shell casings recovered at the crime scenes.

Nick Roti, deputy police chief, said a few other "small bits of evidence" were recovered in the thick shrubbery where the gun was found in a parking lot.

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Police sent about 100 personnel to the area on the city's West Side after the breakthrough yesterday. Suspect William Balfour remains in custody.

The Dreamgirls star's family tragedy took place last Friday, when her mother and brother were found shot and killed at their home in Chicago.

That was when Julian King was reported missing, and Jennifer Hudson offered a $100,000 reward for any information leading to his return.

A day later, the boy's body was found in the rear of a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban vehicle. He was shot at least once in the head.

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister (Julian's mom) Julia, is under investigation as the person of most interest in the case.

While he has not been charged with the killings, he has been arrested on parole violations, having just served seven years for attempted murder.

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I can't even imagine what her and the rest of her family are going through right now! My thoughts are with all of you. This is just so sad and tragic. x

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my heart goes out too the hudson family in this time of sorry .hudson family what ever you do please put god first and he will see the family through.my prays,myheart, mysoul,goes too the familys,remember the family that preys together will stay together. BE BLESS IN THE LORD HUDSON FAMILY.

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we are praying for jennifer and her family in this time of sorry,this is not an easy time we know but i am sure the lord will give you the strenth to go through,but in all this, "this to shall pass".

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ITS SAD WHEN A SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD IS BEING MURDERED SO VIOLENTLY . I PRAY FOR JENNIFER AND HER FAMILY AND I HOPE SHE CONTINUES HER SUCCESS.

Jennifer Hudson Biography

Jennifer Hudson, Julian King Jennifer Hudson is a former American Idol star AND Oscar winner. No one else on the planet can make that claim. Granted American Idol has... More »
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Birthplace
Chicago, Illinois
Full Name
Jennifer Kate Hudson