Julian King is dead. Jennifer Hudson’s nephew Julian King has been identified as the boy found dead. Julian King, Julia Hudson’s son, was found dead Monday morning in exactly the same vehicle for which an Amber Alert was issued on Friday. His death brings the tragic death toll for the Hudson King family to three.
Here is the latest.
On Friday, LALATE sadly broke the first reports online that Darnell Hudson Donerson, Jennifer and Julia Hudson’s mother, and Jason Hudson, their brother, were shot dead in Darnell’s home. From there, an Amber Alert was issued for Julia’s son, Julian King. A white 1990s suburban with a license plate was issued in a national amber alert.
Reports said that one of two of the victims showed injuries that would suggest a struggle had happened with the shooter.
Hours later, William Balfour, Julian’s step father, was taken in by police. Balfour was not arrested but become a witness for questioning. That caused Balfour to be taken by Department of Corrections since his status had now violated the terms of his probation.
Meantime, on Friday, Jennifer Hudson – who has and remains one of LALATE’s favorite celebrities ever – was en route from Tampa, where she resides now, to the Chicago.
By Friday evening, Michelle and Barack Obama, who live less than 4 miles away from the Hudson family, issued their thoughts. Obama had Hudson sing the national anthem at the DNC Convention this summer. That video is still up at LALATE2.
Monday morning, an Amber alert was canceled after the same Suburban was found in Chicago. Police then told press that the vehicle being sought was registered to Jason Hudson and was taken after his shooting. The vehicle located on Monday was in fact Jason Hudson’s SUV. Moments ago, police identified the body as Julian King. Jennifer Hudson is to formally identify him within the hour.
Julian Hudson was only 7 years old.
On a personal note, it’s very hard to write news like this because your heart wants to pour out love to the families while you wish, deep down, this was not how the search for Julian was going to end. This is a horrific, tragic end that leaves you asking … why?
LALATE sends its deepest thoughts to Julian’s father, Julia and Jennifer Hudson, and their families. Please do the same also below.
If you have any details that can aid in the investigation of this triple homicide, contact LALATE or your local law enforcement asap.