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Body Confirmed to be Hudson's Nephew

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UPDATE: Officials confirm body in SUV is that of Julian King.

The bodies of her mother and brother were found Friday.
Jennifer Hudson, Balfour, Julian King

The FBI has just released a statement indicating they believe the body of a young African American boy found in a white SUV this morning is that of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's nephew Julian King. The Chicago Medical examiner's office says an autopsy was planned for Tuesday to fully confirm the id of the victim.

Illinois State Police said an Amber Alert for the missing boy was canceled Monday because the SUV had been located. And Police Commander Wayne Gulliford said the license plate listed in the alert matched the plate on the SUV found Monday. The alert was issued Friday after the mother and brother of the Oscar-winning actress and singer were found shot to death at home Friday. Julian, who lives in the home, hadn't been seen since.

In Washington, FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole said at a news conference that authorities found a body "who we believe to be the missing victim in Chicago, the nephew of Jennifer Hudson. We are working with Chicago police to get a positive identification of the victim." Hudson, 27, offered $100,000 Sunday for information leading to his safe return. Julian is the son of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson.

The alert listed William Balfour, the estranged husband of Julia Hudson, as a suspect in a "double homicide investigation." He is not the boy's father and has not been charged in the slayings. Police said they did not have a motive for the killings but called the case "domestic related." Balfour, 27, was taken into custody Friday by Chicago police for questioning in the killings. On Sunday, he was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections "based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation."

Records from the Corrections Department show Balfour is on parole and spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith said Balfour would probably remain in state custody until the Illinois Prisoner Review Board looked at his case. She would not say where Balfour was being held. It was unclear whether Balfour had an attorney Sunday, but his mother, Michele Balfour, has denied he was involved the killings or in Julian's disappearance. "Out of no means did my son do this. This heinous crime to this family is unbelievable. It's unbearable," she said.

Hudson, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for her role in "Dreamgirls," was in Chicago during the weekend. The medical examiner's office confirmed Hudson, 27, identified the bodies of her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson. The deaths were ruled homicides. Hudson appealed to the public for help, offering the reward and asking any information be given to Chicago police. "Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian," said a statement from her publicist.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer Hudson during this tragic time.

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Jane October 27, 2008, 3:18 PM

This is so tragic. My heart goes out to this family.

AK Mom October 27, 2008, 5:15 PM

What a terrible tragedy… My thoughts and prayers go out to them…

Jasmine October 27, 2008, 11:01 PM

Wow this is so horrible…The Family will be in my prayers…

Tamaria October 27, 2008, 11:37 PM

I Really Sorry For Her Lost…….I Will Pray For You And Your Family To Hope That You Get And Find The Information That You Need To Help Solve The Case…With All My Love And Hope>Tamaria

Karen October 27, 2008, 11:44 PM

May God ease your pain during this sad and tragic time in your families life. You are all in my families prayers. There are no words to express or say how sorry we are all are for your loss. May you be lifted up in everyone’s prayers and thoughts. And may our Lord send you peace and comfort.

Ella October 28, 2008, 3:12 AM

I offer my condolences to the Hudson family for this very tragic incident… Rest assured, you and your family will be included in our prayers…

Sahrnice October 28, 2008, 11:47 AM

I offer my condolences to Jennifer Hudson and her family during this time its really unfortunate that something like that would happen. My heart goes out to her……

Bridget October 28, 2008, 3:25 PM

I have two girls of my own. They are 19 and 15. I held them tightly last night. They thought that I was a little crazy, but just the thought of losing either one of them just scared me. I knew that Julian would be found dead. My heart dropped when they found that SUV. That baby was innocent just like his grandmother and uncle. All of my prayers are with Julia, Jennifer and the rest of the Hudson family.

Donna October 28, 2008, 7:55 PM

May God hold Jennifer close as she is forced to endure the most unthinkable loss of her family members. My thoughts and prayers go out to her, her sister, her family, and her friends. No one should ever have to endure such a monsterous act. My hopes and prayers also go out to the law enforcement and criminal justice personnel who will be responsible for prosecuting the monster that has ruined so many lives; please remember to dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s”.

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