Jennifer’s publicist Lisa Kasteler released a statement saying:
“Jennifer Hudson and her family are offering a reward of $100,000 for the safe return of her nephew Julian King who has been missing since Friday, October 24th. We ask that all inquiries be directed to the Chicago Police Department, Area 1 Detective Division at 312/747-8380. Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian."
The Chicago Sun-Times reports autopsies showed that Jennifer’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Julian, 29, died of gunshot wounds. Jennifer, 27, pictured here with her mother at the Governor's Ball following her Best Supporting Actress win at the 2007 Oscars, flew home when she heard the devastating news and identified the bodies, TMZ reports.
William Balfour, who is Julian’s stepfather and married to Jennifer’s sister Julia, is being held for parole violations and not for the double murders, according to the Sun-Times. The newspaper says that up until May William lived at the house where the murders occurred and that state records show that he was paroled in 2006 after convictions for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and receiving stolen property. He spent nearly seven years in prison, according to the Sun-Times. Reports quote William’s mother as saying her son and Julia, Jennifer’s sister, have been married around two years but are estranged.
Darnell watched Julian while Julia worked as a bus driver during the day. Julian had been at his grandmother's house on Friday and the two were, Julia said, "extremely close," People reports.
"I worked, so he was always with her, day in and day out," she said. "She did everything for him. She got him ready for school. She got him ready for bed."
Julia made a public plea for the return of her son on Saturday.
"I don't care who you are, just let the baby go," Julia, 31, accompanied by Julian’s father Greg King, said at a press conference at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church on the South Side.”I just want my son. He don't deserve this."
Jennifer’s MySpace page was updated on Saturday with recent photos of Julian and this note:
Thank you all for your prayers and your calls. Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely. If anyone has any information about his whereabouts please contact the authorities immediately. Here is a picture of Julian and what he was last seen wearing. Once again thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.
Sincerely,The Hudson Family