Jennifer Hudson’s Mother and Brother Found Dead, Suspect In Custody

A suspect in the shooting deaths of Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother is in custody and is being questioned. The Oscar-winning actress’ nephew was not with the suspect.

Court records show Balfour pleaded guilty in 1999 to attempted murder and vehicular hijacking. He also was convicted in a 1998 case of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, the records show.

Jennifer Hudson photograph

The victims were found unresponsive at about 2:45 p.m. inside a two-story white home near West 70th Street and South Yale Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood.

The home was owned by Hudson’s 57-year-old mother.

Although Balfour is now in custody, TMZ reports that he’s being uncooperative and refuses to give any information.

Jennifer’s brother Jason Hudson was found fatally shot in the bedroom. There was no sign of forced entry. The deaths appear to be the result of domestic abuse. Jennifer was in Florida at the time of the incident. She had been scheduled to appear at the Hollywood Awards on Monday for an ensemble cast honor for “The Secret Life of Bees.”

An Amber Alert has been issued for Jennifer’s missing nephew, Julian King.

King is black and has brown eyes and black hair. He is 5 feet tall and weighs 135 pounds.

Earlier in the day, police said they suspected that King was with Balfour in a white Chevy Suburban with license plate: X58-4859 which is registered to Jason Hudson. Now it’s confirmed that Jennifer’s nephew was not with the suspect.

Updates via TMZ

Lost in all this is Jennifer’s sister Julia, mother of the missing 7-year-old. We’re told she works as a bus driver in Chicago. Her employer told us she worked her shift today. She hasn’t been seen since.

UPDATE 9:20 PM ET: A WBBM reporter is saying that neighbors have said a family member in the Hudson household apparently tried to steal a car a few weeks ago, an argument ensued, and he vowed revenge. A photo on Julia’s MySpace page (bottom) posted prior to today’s events alludes to some kind of dispute with William over a car.

And for those commenting that Jennifer’s mom should have lived in a nicer home and neighborhood, Us magazine reports:

Neighbor Angela Russell describes Darnell as a woman who had barbecues at her home.

“She was very kind and very social. She was extremely proud of her daughter but she didn’t let it go to her head. She refused to move out of the neighborhood, she wanted to stay here, this was her home.”

My heartfelt condolences go out to the Hudson family during this very difficult time.

NBC Chicago via AP

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