UPDATE: Arrest made in double murder of mother and brother.
TMZ is reporting that Jennifer Hudson's mother Darnell Hudson Donerson was one of two victims shot and killed in her Chicago home earlier today. A neighbor tells TMZ the other victim was Jennifer's brother Jason.
Essence reports Jennifer is the youngest of three children. She was very close with her mother. In fact, Darnell was the first person Hudson called after landing the part on "Dreamgirls." "I was on the phone to my mom right away. There was a little celebration," Jennifer told OK!
Last month, Jennifer Hudson announced she was engaged to be married. Our thoughts go out to Jennifer and her family during this difficult time.
UPDATE: An all points bulletin has been issued for Hudson's 7-year-old nephew who may have been taken from the scene. Police are looking for 1994 white Suburban with the license plate X584859.
UPDATE: Police are looking for William Balfour (seen below), who they claim could be with the missing 7-year-old. According to records, Balfour listed Hudson's mother's address as a place of residence within the last year. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections website, Balfour is currently on parole after serving jail time for attempted murder. According to People magazine, the man is believed to be the boy's father.
UPDATE: Lost in all this is Jennifer's sister Julia, mother of the missing 7-year-old, reports TMZ. She reportedly works as a bus driver in Chicago. Her employer told TMZ she worked her shift today. She hasn't been seen since.
UPDATE: According to TMZ, a WBBM reporter is saying that neighbors have said a family member in the Hudson household apparently tried to steal a car a few weeks ago, an argument ensued, and he vowed revenge. A photo on Julia's MySpace page posted prior to today's events alludes to some kind of dispute with William over a car.
UPDATE: TMZ reports William Balfour has been taken into custody but not charged. Hudson's nephew, Julian, is still missing. Balfour is reportedly refusing to cooperate with police or supply information.