News: Breaking News: Jennifer Hudson's Nephew Dead, Boy's Body Confirmed

Monday, Oct 27, 2008 4:44PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jennifer Hudson

After hours of speculation, more sad news follows R&B superstar Jennifer Hudson as the body of a child discovered earlier today (October 27) has been identified as her seven year-old nephew.

According to the Chicago Tribune, police have reportedly informed the Hudson family that the child corpse found in the back seat of a white Chevrolet Suburban that the cops have been searching for has turned out to be Julian King

The discovery came shortly after a local 75 year-old resident tipped off police of the vehicle's unfamiliar presence in his neighborhood around South Kolin Avenue.

"I didn't look in there. I didn't touch it. I knew it was a strange vehicle," John Louden told Tribune. "I feel bad about that baby." 

As previously reported by SOHH, the singer's nephew was announced missing and police believe his stepfather, William Balfour, may be behind his death.

Her mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were discovered murdered in the family's Chicago home on Friday. Balfour, who had not been involved with Hudson's sister for some time, was arrested hours after the discovery and is being considered the prime suspect.

Since the bodies discovery, a vigil has begun around the home's front entrance as prayer services have been planned and condolences are taking the form of teddy bears, flowers and other items.

"Everybody is touched by this," Chi-town resident Kevin Smith told the Tribune. "You just wish there was more you could do. You can't do nothing but come by here and pay your respects and pray that your own family is taken care of."

Hudson's brother-in-law Balfour has been childhood friends with the Hudson family and married Hudson's sister, Julia, in 2006. He also has a criminal background including pleading guilty in 1999 to attempted murder and vehicular hijacking, in which he served seven years behind bars, before being released in 2006.

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