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Some devastating news hit the web this afternoon. Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson‘s mother and brother were found dead in a home on the South Side of Chicago earlier today. Police have marked the home a crime scene and suspect that the deaths were the result of a domestic dispute.
Public records show the address listed to a Jennifer Hudson and Darnell Donerson, the name of the singer’s mother. Police tape blocked access to the large, white house, where a crowd gathered outside.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for 7-year-old Julian King, and were seeking a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban. The child was the grandson of the female victim, Patterson said, and Bond added the boy could also be a relative of Hudson.
The alert said the child was possibly abducted, and accompanied by a man — considered armed and dangerous — who was a suspect in the double homicide investigation. The two could also be in a teal or green Chrysler Concord with a temporary license plate, a left front headlight hanging out and scratches on the left side of the vehicle, police said.
A publicist for Hudson at her record label said she was not aware of any incident involving Hudson’s mother. She did not immediately return subsequent messages. An e-mail sent to Hudson’s personal publicist was not immediately returned.
On behalf of Gossiponthis.com, I would like to offer my condolences to the Hudson family at this obviously difficult time. Please keep them all in your prayers as this story develops…
UPDATE [11:45 PM EST]: TMZ is reporting that Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia (pictured above), is missing! She works as a bus driver and her employer told the site that Julia worked her shift today, but hasn’t been scene since. This is beyond crazy!
UPDATE [12:59 AM EST – SAT.OCT.25]: According to MTV, a suspect has been determined and has subsequently been arrested! The suspect is said to be William Balfour, a man involved with Hudson’s sister, and apparently the father of the missing boy.