Police Confirm Body is Jennifer Hudson's Nephew

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In tragic but sadly expected news, Chicago police have officially confirmed the boy's body they found earlier in the day was in fact that of Julian King.

The seven-year-old nephew of Jennifer Hudson had been missing since Friday, when her mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were slain.

King's discovery comes not long after Hudson issued a public plea for his safe return - and a $100,000 reward for any information about his whereabouts.

Police found the body in an abandoned SUV in Chicago earlier today and are reviewing surveillance tapes in the neighborhood where the SUV was found.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has not yet published any autopsy results, but the murdered child suffered at least one gun shot to the head.

R.I.P. Julian King, 7, was the son of Jennifer's sister, Julia. All of our hearts go out to Jennifer Hudson and those close to her as they mourn this tragedy.

Authorities are also trying to pin down the timeline - it remains unclear when the SUV showed up in the neighborhood with Julian's body. One witness stated it was parked there Saturday, while two other accounts say it was not.

There is no official suspect, but William Balfour - who was once married to Julia and was on parole (having served seven years for attempted murder) prior to being arrested Friday in this case, is in police custody and "a person of interest."

Others believe that an "ongoing domestic dispute" is at the center of this unspeakable crime and that Balfour is indeed the prime suspect. Stay tuned.

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Jennifer Hudson Biography

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Chicago, Illinois
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Jennifer Kate Hudson