Jennifer and Julia Hudson Release Statements Regarding Their Tragedy

Singer Jennifer Hudson spoke out this morning (Oct 26), addressing her fans

for the first time since the gruesome discovery on Friday (Oct 24) of the bodies of their

mother and brother at the South Side Chicago home where she grew

up.Speaking via a blog on her MySpace page, the Academy Award winning

actress thanked fans for their concern and asked for their continued

support.“Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian

King back home safely,” Hudson wrote. “If anyone has any information about

his whereabouts please contact the authorities immediately. Once again thank

you all for being there for us through this tough time.”Her

statement came one day after her sister Julia Hudson, the boy’s mother,

issued an emotional plea for the child’s safe return, joined by Julian’s

father Greg King.“All I ask, I don’t care who you are, just let the baby

go. Please,” Julia said during a press conference held at the Pleasant

Gift Missionary Baptist Church. “My biggest fear has already happened.

My greatest hope is finding my child. I have to believe he is ok. My

family is a God-fearing family. That’s why we are here today.”“I just

want my son,” continued Julia Hudson, whose estranged ex-husband was

named in the Amber Alert issued for Julian Friday. “That’s all I have to

say. Please let my baby go. He didn’t do nothing to nobody. He don’t deserve

this. I know he’s out there. Just let him go.”Chicago authorities

have brought in the FBI to assist them as they continue to search for

Julian, who has not been seen in nearly 48 hours. His mother explained that

she last saw him Thursday night, as the family gathered to celebrate her

31st birthday. She then took the boy back to the home on S. Yale Avenue,

where she lived with her mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson,

the two victims of Friday’s tragic events.The Chicago Police

Department explains that the FBI’s involvement is to investigate the

possibility that Julian has been taken across state lines, which would make

his kidnapping a federal offense.“We’re doing that as a precautionary

measure,” explained Chicago PD superintendent Jody Weis. “From what we know

right now, it appears to be some type of domestic situation, but that’s very

preliminary. We just have to follow the evidence.”At this time, no

one has been charged in connection to the deaths of Mrs. Donnerson and her

son, despite the coroner’s ruling of both deaths as

homicides.William Balfour, who in Friday’s Amber Alert was listed as a suspect in a “double homicide investigation,” was transferred to the

Illinois Department of Corrections today “based on his active parole

violation unrelated to this investigation,” according to police

spokeswoman Monique Bond.Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith added

that Balfour, who is still considered a “person of interest,” would likely

remain in state custody until his case was examined by the Illinois Prisoner

Review Board.At this time, an active investigation continues around the

Hudson family home. While authorities intend to conduct a citywide

search for Julian, today the effort has been focused “in the immediate

vicinity” of the Englewood section of Chicago where Hudson grew up, with

neighbors joining the search.“There’s a lot of forensic evidence,” Bond

said. “We have to work the evidence and try and solve this case. Most

importantly, we want to find the child.”

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