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.