Mother, Brother of Jennifer Hudson Slain in Chicago

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Tragic celebrity news this morning: Jennifer Hudson's mom and brother were the two victims of a fatal shooting in Chicago, the actress's publicist says.

"We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation concerning the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson," rep Lisa Kasteler said. "No further comment will be made at this difficult time."

The victims were found dead Friday in the South Side home of Donerson. Police say the shooting appeared to be related to a domestic disturbance.

Equally frightening is the fact that Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, is missing. An Amber Alert has been issued for him.

A suspect has been apprehended in connection with the murders, but the boy was apparently not with him, as authorities had hoped.

Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, was killed yesterday.

"We are searching for a young boy from that address who is missing," confirmed Chicago police spokesman Officer John Mirabelli.

A man officers were searching for in connection with the shootings, who has been identified as William Balfour, 27, has been taken into custody and is being questioned by authorities. No charges have been filed at this time.

According to the AP, police spokeswoman Monique Bond says police are talking to "a number of people in custody" but she declined to further elaborate.

Hudson, 27, the Oscar-winning actress from Dreamgirls and an American Idol finalist, recently got engaged to boyfriend / reality TV star David Otunga.


sooooooooooo......sorry for your lost! but you got to stay strong for you and your family but things will get better for you and god is watching over you i know its been a while but keep ya head up and stand tall and may god bless you.


I would like to express my sympathy to the hudson family but especially to jennifer and julia, i am truly sorry for this tragic uncalled for nonsense and it infuriates me that someone could care so little for the lives of others,there is no reason for this to have taken place.the authorities need to get to the bottom of this tragedy as soon as possible.


I am very sorry to hear about what happen, i wish the best for your family, and i know ya'll will get your nephew back...... i will keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless....... love Whitney


Jennifer,omg,my heart goes out to you, i have the chills just thinkikng of the emotional pain your are in, I am goingot pray and pray and PRAY for you. Nothing right now is going to end the pain,but I will pray for *justice* and the safe return of your nephew, I love you girl and your music you are HUGE INSPIRATION TO SO MANY and we are all mouring wiht you and, this is was unjust and ucalled for and i hope the person rots away in a cell of torture.. God bless you and we love you. KMM'
New jersey


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 »
Chicago, Illinois
Full Name
Jennifer Kate Hudson