Once week ago today, Jennifer Hudson’s family was gunned down in their Chicago home. Her sister, Julia Hudson’s estranged husband William Balfour, was arrested the same day on a parole violation and is the main suspect in the horrible crimes.
Jason Hudson’s stolen SUV was found on the west side of Chicago. Inside the SUV, the lifeless body of Julian King was found. Just a few blocks away, a gun was found as well. Today, it was confirmed it was the murder weapon used in the shooting of Darnelle Donerson, Jason Hudson, and Julian King.
Chicago Sun Times Reports:
Tests have confirmed that a .45-caliber pistol found on the West Side was used in the slayings of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s brother, mother and nephew — and new details have emerged today about the victims.
Police are still investigating whether the gun was linked to William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson, sources said. The gun had been sent to the Illinois State Police lab for testing.
Julia Hudson’s son, Julian King, 7, was found Monday in the back of an SUV parked on the West Side. Sources said a curtain was covering his body, which may explain why it took three days to locate his body.
Also, Jennifer Hudson’s slain brother, Jason Hudson, 27, had a gunshot wound to the leg that he suffered before he was slain last Friday, sources said. Investigators are trying to determine how he got that wound and whether the circumstances of that shooting figure into his murder.
Jason Hudson and his mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, were shot to death last Friday in her Englewood home in the 7000 block of South Yale.
Julia Hudson — who was not at home at the time of the shootings — was having domestic problems with Balfour, sources said. Police have called Balfour a suspect in the killings.
Julian was reported missing from the home after Jason Hudson and Donerson’s bodies were found. Police suspect Julian was killed in the white Chevrolet Suburban where his body was found in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.
On Wednesday, recruits were sent to walk that neighborhood around the 1300 block of South Kolin and found the .45-caliber SIG-Sauer P220 pistol in bushes in a vacant lot, police said.
A memorial service for the family will be held on November 3rd.