Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson appealed online Sunday for help in finding her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, missing since his grandmother and uncle were found shot to death inside the family's Englewood, Ill., neighborhood home Friday.
In a MySpace blog entry, Hudson said she was grateful for community support and posted a picture of her nephew. She won a 2007 Academy Award for her role in “Dreamgirls.”
“Thank you all for your prayers and your calls. Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely,” the blog entry said. “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.”
Jennifer Hudson and her family also are offering a $100,000 reward for Julian's safe return, it was announced Sunday. And Chicago police began distributing “High Risk Missing Child” alerts near Hudson's family home.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert after the slayings for Julian and his stepfather, William Balfour, 27, who had recently separated from the boy's mother, Julia Hudson. Police arrested Balfour a few hours after the bodies were found, but the boy was not with him. The Amber Alert remains active.
Chicago police said Sunday that Balfour has been transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections on a violation of parole.
When a family member discovered the bodies of Julia and Jennifer's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, and their brother Jason, 29, at about 3 p.m. Friday, there was no sign of Julian.
Authorities are still seeking a white Chevrolet Suburban, Illinois tag X584859, belonging to Jason Hudson.