FBI Confirms Body of Jennifer Hudson’s Nephew, Julian King

October 27, 2008 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

julian-king-3.jpgPolice confirmed that the body found this morning in an SUV on Chicago’s West Side is that of 7-year-old Julian King.

Around 3 p.m., two black SUVs believed to be carrying Hudson family members pulled out of the basement garage of the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago.
An unmarked police squad car left shortly after that, followed by a
crowd of about a dozen people who left through the luxury hotel’s lobby
and declined comment.

 

Soon after, the SUVs arrived at the offices of the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The vehicles left the scene about 3:54 p.m.


The
body was found in the back seat of the white Chevrolet Suburban police
were looking for in their search for Julian, three days after
actress-singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to
death in the mother’s house in Englewood.

Law
enforcement sources said that the boy was shot multiple times in the
back of the vehicle. Police are testing the clothing of a man in
custody for gunshot residue.


Police Supt. Jody Weis planned to hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today.

Police arrived at the Suburban with
Illinois license plate X584859 before 8 a.m. in the 1300 block of South
Kolin Avenue, after receiving a call of a suspicious vehicle.

It
was found by a 75-year-old who lives on the block, John Louden. He said
he has lived on the block for 18 years and worried about people selling
drugs in the abandoned building behind it. He saw the SUV while walking
his dog. After a double-take, he realized the license plate matched the
one police were looking for.

“I didn’t look in there. I didn’t
touch it. I knew it was a strange vehicle,” Louden said. He said police
showed up in about five minutes after his wife called them. They
discovered the child inside. The body was removed and the SUV was towed
away for evidence processing. “I feel bad about that baby,” Louden said.

As
the car was processed by evidence technicians and workers at the Cook
County Medical Examiner’s office sought to identify the body, Hudson’s
family members and supporters assumed this was the third member of her
family killed since Friday.

“It’s shocking. It’s unreal. We had
been praying that it would not come to this,” said Rev. Krista Alston,
a cousin of Hudson and a minister at the Pleasant Gift Baptist Church
in Chicago. “We know it’s a reality now, but it’s still shocking.”

Police
found the bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother,
Jason Hudson, on Friday afternoon after a family member came to their
home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue and saw signs of violence
inside. The murders sparked a manhunt for William Balfour, 27, and a
search for 7-year-old Julian King.

Balfour, the estranged
husband of the boy’s mother, Julia Hudson, was brought in for
questioning Friday night. He was initially described by police as a
suspect in the investigation.

The boy remained missing through a
long weekend in which police and volunteers posted fliers around the
city with pictures of the boy. On Sunday, his actress aunt–grieving
and rushing to Chicago from Florida where she was promoting a
film–offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who found the boy.

Police
searched Balfour’s girlfriend’s house for several hours Friday night
after taking him into custody. Her home is located about 2.5 miles from
where the SUV was found this morning.

Balfour has denied
involvement in the killings or the disappearance of the boy,
law-enforcement sources said. But at some point, Balfour stopped
talking to authorities, sources told the Tribune.

On Sunday
morning, Balfour was transferred to a state facility after officials
said he violated conditions of parole for a 1999 conviction for
attempted murder. On Sunday, Illinois Department of Corrections
spokeswoman Januari Smith said Balfour violated his parole because he
is a suspect in the slayings and the boy’s disappearance.

According to law-enforcement sources, Balfour’s alibi the day of the killings has been contradicted by his girlfriend.

Balfour and Julia Hudson had been
separated for some time, his family members said. A family friend said
Balfour recently had threatened to take Julian away.

A family
member of the girlfriend’s said police have interviewed her. Police
also tracked Balfour’s whereabouts Friday through his cell phone,
sources said.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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