The mother and brother of Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson have reportedly been found dead at a home on Chicago’s South Side and police reportedly say a seven-year-old boy is missing. CBS2 in Chicago reports: The mother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson was reportedly found dead in a South Side home. Two adults were found fatally shot at a home at 70th Street and Yale Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Willie Davis, the pastor of the Hudson family’s church, Progressive Baptist, confirmed that 57-year-old Darnell Hudson Donnerson was one of the victims. The other victim was a man, the Chicago Fire Department said.
The shooting is believed to be domestic.
TMZ has also confirmed the death of Darnell, pictured here with her daughter Jennifer at the Governor’s Ball following the 2007 Academy Awards, and Jennifer’s brother. According to the website:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jennifer Hudson’s mother was one of two victims shot and killed in Chicago earlier today.
A neighbor tells TMZ the other victim was Jennifer’s brother Jason. A cousin who lived nearby discovered the bodies.
We’re told the two bodies were found dead on the scene at 2:44 PM. When the fire department arrived and discovered the bodies, police were brought in and the home was declared a crime scene.
A call to Hudson’s rep was not immediately returned.
WABC in New York reports that Jennifer is on a plane en route to Chicago. Jennifer, 27, is the youngest of three children. Jason reportedly was a mechanic and according to his MySpace page, graduated from Simeon Career Academy High School in 1998. Jennifer’s sister Julia is a school bus driver. Their father Samuel Simpson, who died, was a bus driver.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
According to public records, the home is owned by Darnell Donnerson, Jennifer’s mother.
A Chicago police spokeswoman also said a 7-year-old boy was reported missing. Police identified him as Julian King, but they would not say whether he is a relative of the actress. He is 5-foot tall, weighs 135 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.
The police said that they are searching for a William Balfour as a suspect in the double homicide. They said that he is considered to be armed and dangerous and may be driving white 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plate No. X584859 or a teal/green Chrysler Concord four-door with a left front headlight hanging out that is scratched all along its left side. The Chrysler is displaying temporary tags of 332K823.
The missing boy may be in the vehicle.
According to a source, the actress’ sister reported the boy missing from the home.
Public records indicate the Suburban is registered to Jason Hudson, who neighbors said is Jennifer Hudson’s brother. Authorites would not say whether he was one of the two victims.
Jennifer Hudson is not injured, her bodyguard told the Tribune before referring all questions to a publicist.
One of the victims was a woman in her 50s who was shot in the head and the other was a 29-year-old man who was shot in the chest, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The spokesman did not have the victims’ identities.
At least one of the victims had defensive wounds, according to police.
Since announcing her engagement to David “Punk” Otunga last month, the singer/actress has been busy promoting her movie, “The Secret Life of Bees,” which opened a week ago, and her self-titled debut album.
Our prayers go out to Jennifer and her family.