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Jennifer Hudson's Mom Found Dead

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UPDATE: Arrest made in double murder of mother and brother.

hudsons mom

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.

hudson nephew

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.

william balfour

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.


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Mis Pat October 28, 2008, 8:30 PM

To you jennifer my heart and prayers go out to you. Keep your faith and keep rising because you know that what mom would want for you may god bless you and yours.

jacqueline cooper October 29, 2008, 10:47 AM

My Prayer and thought are w/ you today, its hard enough to loose anything in this world without feeling remorse, but soemthing like this i can’t imagine the grief you must be experiencing, no matter what i pray and hope that the murderer will turn himself in,to never again walk the streets again because what he has done will never be forgotten, not by us and certainly not

Janeka October 31, 2008, 2:48 PM

Jennifer im so sorry for the loss of your mother,brother,and nephew…my family will continue to pray for your strength

yasmine gwynn December 25, 2008, 12:32 PM

i feel so bad that your mom, brother and nephew had died on octomber the something. in we had find out that your nephew was dead but his step dad shot him and he put his step son and a trunk and i hope you have a great life.

the three peaks challenge March 6, 2011, 4:02 PM

A really good set of info which I will be certainly coming back to read again. Thanks very much to all those who contribute.


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