As of Friday, her mom and brother had both been shot and killed in their hometown of Chicago. Her mother (Darnell Donerson)'s body was found in her home around 3 pm, after the gunshots were heard around 9am.. but no one thought to call the cops because its "a common thing to hear" in the neighborhood she lived in. Her brother (Jason Hudson)'s body was found a little later. They believe the murderer walked into the house, shooting Jason first, and then kept firing and hit Darnell.
That's not all that happened.
Jennifer got the call from her sister while out promoting her new movie "The Secret Life of Bees," and rushed home to identify the bodies. She then made an important announcement, while staying out of the public eye...
Her 7 year-old nephew, Julian, was also missing since the murder.
"My greatest fear has already happened," she said tearfully. "My greatest hope is for him to come back."
-Julia Hudson, Jennifer's sister and Julian's mom.
Jennifer announced a $100,000 reward for anyone with information on his disappearance.. and police issued an Amber Alert. Bullet casings were found in his bedroom..
The body was just found this morning, around 7am, in a white Suburban.. It's registered as her brother's car.. who was shot. Now all that is left is to identify him.
They have one man in custody, Julia's ex-husband William Balfour, but police say he is only a "person of interest" and is just there for questioning.
Oh.. my goodness. I just.. I don't even know what to say. J.Hud has been living the dream the past couple years since she was on American Idol, then Dreamgirls, getting engaged and so on. For her to have to go through this.. This is the worst tragedy and worst thing anyone could ever imagine.
Everyone just keep her and her family in your prayers right now. They say she's doing OK.. but I don't know how "okay" one can be in this situation.
Hang in there, Jenn.. as much as possible. We love you!
PS: If you're interested, there is TONS more information, videos, random facts.. etc here.