Jennifer Hudson faced fresh heartbreak last night as it was revealed her nephew was found shot dead in the back seat of a stolen car. Seven year old Julian King was found with several gun-shot wounds after being kidnapped on Friday.
The Oscar winner’s mother and brother were murdered on Friday and her nephew had been missing since then. Darnell Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, were shot dead in their home on Chicago’s mean South Side. Jennifer had recently appealed on her MySpace page for the safe return of the boy and offered a reward of £65,000. She wrote, “Thank you for all your prayers and all your calls. Please keep praying for our family and we get Julian King back home safely.” However, Chicago Police have confirmed that the body in the car was that of Julian.
Speaking about the tragedy, Rev Krista Alston, a cousin of Jennifer said, “We had been praying it would not come to this.” Tributes have also come in from American Idol judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. Simon offered his condolences by saying, “I was horrified when I heard the news. My thoughts right now are with Jennifer and her family.” Paula expressed her sympathy with, “I personally can’t imagine a greater loss for any family.”
Julian’s step-father, William Balfour, has been arrested and is still being held by cops although he has denied any involvement in the shootings.
Jennifer Hudson first came to the public eye when she was a finalist on the third series of American Idol. Although she didn’t win the show she went on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls which she starred alongside Beyonce Knowles. More recently she had a part in the smash hit Sex and the City movie.