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Suspect Caught In Hudson Slayings!

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In what can only be described as a nightmare come to life, Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were brutally murdered on Friday by what appears to be a disgruntles family member.

Here is the latest on this horrific story:

- It was Jennifer's older sister, Julia Hudson, who made the gruesome discovery after returning home from her day shift at a bus company.

- She summoned the police and also reportedly told them that her seven-year-old son was missing.

- Authorities immediately issued an all points bulletin for the missing boy, Julian King.

- Police said the youngster might have been abducted from the home and could be in the company of William Balfour, a suspect in the double homicide, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Balfour is also Julian's step-father.

- Balfour reportedly stole Jason Hudson's car on Friday, a white Chevrolet Suburban truck.

- On his MySpace page, Balfour described himself as a "proud parent" and played up his links to Jennifer Hudson. "I might as well let you all know that Jennifer Hudson is my wife's sister. I'm proud of her and wish her nothing but the best in what she do. But don't hit me up asking about her, other than that it's on!" he wrote.

- Balfour is currently on parole after serving six and a half years for attempted murder. He also has a conviction for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

- The ex-con was taken into custody by police late Friday.

- Balfour was not co-operating with investigators and was not disclosing the whereabouts of the seven-year-old boy.

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130 comments to “Suspect Caught In Hudson Slayings!”

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  1. 1

    WTF WHAT A SICK SICK MAN. HE DESERVES LIFE IN PRISON

    I FEEL SO BAD FOR THE HUDSON FAMILY THEY'RE IN MY PRAYERS



  2. 2

    OMGGG
    IM SO SORRY FOR HER!! SUZE BE PRAYIN



  3. 3

    :(



  4. 4

    this is so horrible, she and her family are in my thoughts and prayers, i wish her the best.



  5. 5

    This is just so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hudson family. No one should ever have to go through this.



  6. 6

    One the last post alot of people said that Jennifer should have gotten her mother a better place to live… READ THIS!
    Jennifers mother is a member of Progressive Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side. Despite her daughter's celebrity, Donerson chose to stay and live on the South Side, a decision that did not go unnoticed by the church community.
    "That says a lot about the fact of the kind of family Jennifer comes from," said Rev. Willie Davis, Progressive Baptist Church. "They're a family of faith. They want to be attached to their roots. And that's just the sign of the nature of their relationship with God.
    Think before you post people!



  7. 7

    What a family of winners. Why didn't that singing fatso pull her family out of the ghetto?



  8. 8

    shocking!



  9. 9

    god…it wouldnt be suprise…if she…you know…."suicide" well iam not hoping she will…..just that…wow!!!



  10. 10

    this is awful. 2 of her family members have been murdered and now her 7 year old nephew has been abducted. this doesnt even happen that often to average people. this really is just terrible. no way in hell could i ever get through this.



  11. 11

    Very very sad, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and hope they find the kid.

    Who did this needs to go to jail and get raped!!



  12. 12

    So sad :(



  13. 13

    Re: gravytoot

    fuck you!!! you are DISGUSTING to make such a comment! this womans family has just been murdered and her nephew is missing and u have the nerve to say that! pig! take ur racist views somewhere else! and btw they wernt living in the ghetto you dumb shit. just because they were african american does not give you the right to spout your ignorant stereotypes.



  14. 14

    I hope that sick fuck gets what's coming to him



  15. 15

    I highly doubt that Jennifer Hudson will ever get to read this comment, especially during such a horrible time in her life, but if she does I would just like to wish her all the peace and happiness in the world. She has inspired so many people through her music and her acting…all the love she's given to us is most definitely returned. I will keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers as they get through this difficult time. In one of Jennifer's songs she sings "love is the thing, you know?" In the song it was sung in a completely different context, but through these trying times I hope she keeps that message in her heart. Love knows no shape, color, gender, or orientation. It is something we all have the ability to feel from the inside out. No matter what happens, Jennifer has a family in each and every one of us. I hope she turns to us for any support she may need. We'll be here for her.



  16. 16

    This is so sad. Come on people, don't be hatin and disrespectful.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hudson family:(



  17. 17

    Holy shit!



  18. 18

    My heart and prayers go out to her and her family.



  19. 19

    Re: tiaxoxoxo – I don't think he/she said that because they are african/american…you can't just accuse someone of being racist…



  20. 20

    im soooo sorry jennifer.what a horrible thing to happen.i know your in pain right now my god be with you and your family. god bless i truly hope everyone remembers that people died today ,and to refrain from rude or tacky remarks.stay strong ms hudson



  21. 21

    Re: gravytoot

    why do you assume they live in the ghetto? because they are black? geez. racist much?



  22. 22

    Re: gravytoot
    Are you serious????
    It doesn't matter where her mother lived; her ethic background, her religion, race etc….. -Domestic violence occurs in all cultures; people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexes and classes. Money plays no part!!!

    I suggest you stay in school; take a course is social status, and learn some respect.



  23. 23

    "Julian King, Hudson's nephew, is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds."

    Well, they shouldn't have any problems finding that kid. You can see him from space.



  24. 24

    Wow, this is just so unbelievable. My thoughts are with Jennifer rightnow. I hope that the little boy is found alive. And for those saying she should have moved her family away from the ghetto, I think this would have happened no matter where they lived. This was not some random act of violence, this was a person that was a part of the family. It sounds like this sick person would have sought them out no matter where they lived. But that is beside the point, this is truly a horrific story.



  25. 25

    "why do you assume they live in the ghetto?"

    Duuuhhhhhh. By her address in Chicago?

  26. Dawo says – reply to this


    26

    my goodnes,I can not stop crying:(

    I really dont know what to say:( I really hope Julian King is well OMG PLEASE

    this World is so sad:(

    why people are killing ?
    and destroy other peoples Life:(

    GOD will Judge everyone=one Day



  27. 27

    omg to walk in on your brother and mother shot to death..i cant imagine how her sister feels. the mother fucker who did that will get his. i hope they find julian and he's ok. my thoughts are with the hudsons.



  28. 28

    How about just "nutshelling it" from now on - really don't need the blow by blow. And … what is the mother and brother of an Oscar winning actress still doing living on the south side of Chicago? WTF?? This is a terrible tragedy, but WTF?? When was the last time Jennifer Hudson walked the streets in the south side of Chicago?? WTF?? Anyone who's been there knows what I'm talking about. WTF??



  29. 29

    …"nothing but the best in what she do." That is so ugly.
    Aside from that..this is REALLY terrible. Life can chage so suddenly.



  30. 30

    Re: Dawo – Dawo is cute—but way out of his mind.



  31. 31

    I understand those who want to get attention through nasty messages but really, two people died today, this is worn out but how would you feel if this happened to you?? I think we should show some respect, this is a terrible thing for a person to go through, famous or not, the whole Hudson family is in my thoughts, and Jennifer, my God I have no words really…I can't even begin to imagine what she's feeling, all my love and prayers to you.



  32. 32

    What woman in her right mind marries a man that has a record of violent behaviour and already attempted murder once and spent 6 years in prison????

    Hopefully they ll find the step son alive, although most probably he killed him as well, I guess….



  33. 33

    OMG! This is horrible. I'm so sorry J-Hud!! : (
    My thoughts and prayers are with you!



  34. 34

    the area where the murders occurred (englewood), is only a mile or two west of hyde park where obama lives. the southside of chicago changes from bad to good block by block. i am sure if jennifer thought her family was in any danger b/c of the hood, she would of addressed the issue. this was a family issue that could of happened anywhere.

  35. MoonX says – reply to this


    35

    I know Mario is not a nice person and even his sympathy screams fake, but he has control over what vile things are said in here and he chooses to leave them up.

    RIP Mrs. Hudson and Jason. Peace be with you, Jennifer. Praying the nephew is found safe



  36. 36

    This is just awful, something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy…and just thinking about it gives me chills up my spine..if this happened in my family i would be beyond devestated



  37. 37

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer and her family. I can't imagine having to endure such a tragedy.



  38. 38

    Re: karpina
    Jennifers mother is a member of Progressive Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side. Despite her daughter's celebrity, Donerson chose to stay and live on the South Side, a decision that did not go unnoticed by the church community.
    "That says a lot about the fact of the kind of family Jennifer comes from," said Rev. Willie Davis, Progressive Baptist Church. "They're a family of faith. They want to be attached to their roots. And that's just the sign of the nature of their relationship with God.

    Many neighbors' thoughts turned to Jennifer Hudson, who returned home to visit her mother as often as twice a month if her schedule allowed. A 1999 graduate of the Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, Hudson could walk through the Englewood neighborhood without anyone hassling her or following her with a camera.

    "She never had no problems with fans stalking her," neighbor Vanessa Stanton said. "She didn't even need a bodyguard [though she did have one]. The whole neighborhood block would look out for her."



  39. 39

    FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DIDNT KNOW, IT WAS JENNIFER HUDSONS SISTER BIRTHDAY 10/24…THE DAY OF THE KILLINGS! SO SO SAD..



  40. 40

    Oh, God - break my heart. She was the ONE AI contestant that I actually thought was a true Cinderella story and is going to be the new Whitney Houston. Was - nothing: is. God bless her, her family, and lets home the cops find this motherfucker. Wouldn't it be sad if one of the officer's sidearms 'accidentally' discharged into this scumbag's chest . . . . .



  41. 41

    Dis is some BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I AM SO MAD!!!!!



  42. 42

    i love love love her
    and i seriously couldnt stop thinking about the whole thing the entire night last night
    i feel horrible, what an awful nightmare
    she is in my thoughts



  43. 43

    How horrible! I can't imagine finding your mom and brother dead AND losing your son all at the same time! They are in my prayers. Please keep us updated, Perez.



  44. 44

    Perez can we het a picture of the missing child?



  45. 45

    Does anyone know if they are Hutu or Tutsi?
    And was a machete involved?



  46. 46

    Re: puppytoes1
    [[[[[[[[ I agree..look where O.J. lived..Brentwoood!}}}}}}}}
    zzzzzzzzz and that never stopped him from zzzzzzzzzzzzz
    ]]]]]]]]]] cutting off two headz/and acting ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]
    zzzzzzzzzzzzz like the biggezt dick ever zzzzzzzzzzzzz
    ]]]]]]]] after getting away with 2 murderz [[[[[[[[[[[[[
    zzzzzzzz Jen, get someone U can talk 2 zzzzzzzzzzz
    ]]]]]] coz thiz iz a lifetime of mizery u r facing [[[[[
    zz♥♥zzzluv♥U girl…I'm praying 4/u everyday♥zzzzz



  47. 47

    My heart and prayers go out to Jennifer and her family, what a tragic thing to happen.



  48. 48

    Illinios has the death penalty. I always say I'm against the death penalty, but if he hurt that little boy…



  49. 49

    THIS IS BEYOND HORRIFIC! I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE THE DEVASTATION THAT JENNIFER HUDSON MUST BE FEELING! HER MOTHER! THAT IS LIKE TAKING A PIECE OF YOUR LIFE AWAY! AND HER BROTHER! I REALLY HOPE THAT THE LITTLE BOY IS OK! I'LL BE PRAYING!



  50. 50

    Re: gravytoot

    GHETTO 1. a section of a city, esp. a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.

    yeah! A SECTION OF THE CITY!
    NOT THE WHOLE DAMN CITY!
    all because they lived in chicago doesn't automatically mean they lived in the ghetto!
    get a dictionary!



  51. 51

    I'm so sorry that this tragedy occured. I hope and pray the little boy is found safe and alive. What in the heck went so terribly wrong



  52. 52

    THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE THEY WERE STILL LIVING IN THE GHETTO, LIKE SOME OF YOU ARE SAYING, TRYING TO BLAME THIS ON JENNIFER. THIS HAPPEN BECAUSE THE SISTER'S EX WENT CRAZY, THAT BASTARD! AND KILLED THEM. HE WAS PROBABLY LOOKING FOR SISTER TO KILL HER BUT ONLY FOUND THE FAMILY! THAT COWARD!



  53. 53

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Julians mother, Jennifer and the whole Hudson family. Losing someone you love is not easy. Losing threee at the same time is , To say that it is devastating is an understatement, there are no words to describe the grief, pain and anger that will come from this tradgedy. I pray the child is found safe and unharmed.



  54. 54

    Tragic news in any case. I have to tell you though Perez, you should really take a better look at your own website once in a while. The advo at the top of J Hud's head prints out as "Someone is about to make a killing" A little insensitive, I would think. Not too cool pretty boy.



  55. 55

    Ok, I saw the guy's myspace and I clickec on Julia (Jennifer's sister)- what in the world was she doing on myspace today?? If this stuff happened myspace would be the last thing on my mind.

    Besides that, may God be with their family at this very sad time.



  56. 56

    What a terrible thing. There is so much violence in the world and it is so heartbreaking for everyone involved. THat poor kid is going to be traumatized for the rest of his life.



  57. 57

    WTF was this asswipe even doing out of jail? Sick mother fucker shouda been shot the first time he tried to kill someone. Problem solved, he'd never get a second chance! Our justice system leaves a lot to be desired when these asswipes only spend a few years in jail only to be released to do it again. Prayers being said for the safe return of the boy. I would torture this shithead until he told me what he did with the boy, then I'd kill him!



  58. 58

    Despite what people are saying, the fact that the suspect was a member of her extended family means this could have happened anywher. This is very tragic. I'm prayin.



  59. 59

    It doesn't matter where her Jennifer could have moved her mother. If this piece of shit was part of the family then this could have happened anywhere.



  60. 60

    Re: AZTEKKA

    That could be the police on her MySpace page looking for suspects & evidence, it's quite common for them to do that. People often reveal way too much info about themselves online.

    Bless Jennifer and her family, couldn't imagine the pain they are enduring now :(



  61. 61

    Do you think maybe you should remove the banner stating 'someone is about to make a killing' - given the Hudson circumstances?



  62. 62

    Re: Belle de Jour – True, I didn't think about that. I figured it was her since it said "numb"— either way, there's ALOT of pictures in there, you can see everyone! Man, I feel for them— :(



  63. 63

    "Balfour is currently on parole after serving six and a half years for attempted murder. He also has a conviction for possession of a stolen motor vehicle."

    uhm, this may be a stupid question, but when someone attempts murder, why aren't they kept in jail?? wouldn't it help avoid situations like this????????



  64. 64

    SO, SO, Very SAD. I'm glad they caught the ex-con. Let's pray for little King.



  65. 65

    so, so sad…i can't even imagine. i'm praying for her and her entire family



  66. 66

    this is HORRIBLE news. Porr Jennifer. She gets her career up and going and now this?? AWFUL. Sad =(



  67. 67

    I pray for peace for Jennifer & her family & for her nephew.



  68. 68

    This is so sad… the jizzless face, that is.



  69. 69

    Oh my god, thats horrible!
    I cant even imagine what that family must be going through.
    I hope they find the little boy too =[



  70. 70

    Horrible news. Find that little boy and find him alive!



  71. 71

    Jesus Christ!I'm shocked.!This is so horrible.may God give her strength.I hope the poor little child is not dead too.such a tragedy…the bastard BUTCHER MUST BE PUT DOWN.
    p.s. I can't believe the racist shit even in this story.shame on all the haters.people must show some respect during this difficult time.



  72. 72

    Damn dark and grey entities are every where,the creep should never have got out of prison in the first place



  73. 73

    SOMETIMES THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS SITE PISS ME OFF!

    the reason the murderer was out of jail is partially due to people like some of you.

    let's blame jennifer for not moving the family out.
    let's blame the sister for getting involved with a violent parolee.

    we should blame our prison system, which is horribly over-crowded and understaffed. no real "rehabilitation" is really done there. criminals are given parole very early in order to make room for the next one. and the state or federal funding is not available for expansion.

    let's blame the judicial system for such light sentencing

    AND what about the sick SOB who did this??? how about we place some blame on him.

    by placing blame where it doesn't belong, we are DEVELOPING people who do not accept responsibility for their actions. it's the parent's fault, the victim's fault, the victim's family's fault, the neighborhood's fault…whatever.



  74. 74

    this is terrible - some people are really sick

    ps. she looks really good in this picture

  75. AMO says – reply to this


    75

    Good God, that is awful! I just got my cup of coffee and logged on for the first time today and this is what I start my morning with? That's terrible! I hope they find that child and that he's ok…
    She looks really pretty in this pic. I like her hair like that.



  76. 76

    What a horror story. I hope they find the kid



  77. 77

    Re: gravytoot – Read my post above yours… And grow a heart…and a brain asshole



  78. 78

    Please let that little boy be found alive.



  79. 79

    WTF! OMG!!! SICK FUCKER!! HE"S GONNA BURN! My Thoughts And Prayers are with Jennifer and Family!



  80. 80

    You can go to missingkids.com and find a picture of the boy, Julian King.



  81. 81

    Several other neighbors this morning were saying that Julia complained to them that William Balfour sold one of their cars without permission. One neighbor said that the dispute got so heated William threatened to "kill Julia's family" but she didn't report it because she didn't take it seriously.



  82. 82

    This is horrible. That man deserves life in prison, and every beating he'll receive in there as well. I hope the boy is found alive and okay.



  83. 83

    How sad …! Let's pray that little King is found alive and well… I don't like the fact that the sicko who did this is not telling police the whereabouts of this little boy…My prayers are with Jennifer Hudson and family.



  84. 84

    my thoughts and prayers and with jennifer and her family. i also pray a safe return for her nephew. Also you guys may want to know her mother did NOT want to move where she was living. It doesn't matter where you live, murder happens EVERYWHERE not just the "ghetto" and from the looks of her mothers house, it was anything but. Her family wasn't fazed by the limelight and are and wanted to be treated like everyone else. power to them! nothing should be on this board besides words of sympathy and encouragement, not racist rants or blame.



  85. 85

    That is bloody tragic. I hope she and the rest of her family are able to pull through this.



  86. 86

    Im praying for her and her family…So SAD! Why do people do this?? Why..



  87. 87

    RIP and may she find some peace in this horrible, horrible situation…i just can't imagine someone in my family killing my mom…the horror…



  88. 88

    unreal-
    the family is in my thoughts and prayers



  89. 89

    This is well sad. My thoughts go out to Miss Hudson and her family!!



  90. 90

    So so sad. :(



  91. 91

    What a psycho!!! Why did Jennifer's sister marry this psycho ex-con?!? Now he's kidnapped her son who's not even his, stole her brother's car, and shot her mom and brother to death! How tragic! Why on earth would he do that?!



  92. 92

    God. I hope that little boy is still alive. :|



  93. 93

    THIS IS AWFUL!!! PEREZ, FIGURE OUT I WAY WE CAN ALL SIGN AN ECARD OR SOMETHING TO EXPRESS OUR SYMPATHY TO JENNIFER AND HER FAMILY!!! I HATE EVIL PEOPLE!!! PEREZZERS WANT TO EXPRESS SYMPATHY TO JENNIFER!!!



  94. 94

    Two down, how many left to go?



  95. 95

    ya his myspace said his mood was ""forgotton"

    This is really sad. I hope the boy is still alive



  96. 96

    This is so awful! One thing we need to remember is that this is by no means J-Hudson's fault…this was a FAMILY member that commited this horrible crime. No matter where her family lived…Southside of Chicago OR Beverly Hills…it happened. You trust your family….My God,how sad. My thoughts are with her and her family during this time…



  97. 97

    My heart goes out to her & the rest of her family. So sad. And I hope they find the little boy!!



  98. 98

    I never really liked her all that much to be honest but no one should experience this… so sad:(



  99. 99

    Who cares.



  100. 100

    :'(
    that's really sad.
    very very sad.

    god, i hate america!
    pretty soon, we're all just gonna get shot!
    that's how we'll die.
    fuck it. i'm moving to canada.

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