Saturday, November 01, 2008


Source - Chicago Tribune Report


8-9 a.m.—A gunman fires through a door at singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's mother's home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue, striking the actress' brother, Jason, 29, and her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57. Neighbors said they heard the shots but did not call police.

3 p.m.—A family member walks into the home and discovers Donerson's body, then immediately leaves and calls police. Sources say Hudson's sister, Julia, went to police to report her 7-year-old son missing. Police found Hudson's body in a bedroom.

5:52 p.m.—Chicago police issue an Amber Alert for Julian King, 7. The alert names William Balfour, 27, who family members say was Julia Hudson's estranged husband, as a suspect in the slayings. Police say Julian may be with Balfour and ask people to call police if they see a white Chevrolet Suburban or a teal/green four-door Chrysler Concord.

6 p.m.—Police arrest William Balfour at his girlfriend's home on the Southwest Side, but the missing boy is not with him. Police take Balfour to a station to interview him. Authorities continue to search for the boy.


1:30 a.m.—Jennifer Hudson identifies her brother and mother at the Cook County medical examiner's office.

At some point Saturday morning, the FBI is called in to help. Police say the teal vehicle has been located but continue to search for the white Suburban.

5 p.m.—Family members of the boy make a public plea for his return.


1:06 a.m.—Jennifer Hudson appeals in her MySpace blog for help in finding Julian, her nephew.

Also Sunday—Balfour is transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections for violating his parole after he stopped cooperating with police in the investigation of the killings, authorities and law enforcement officials say.

11 a.m.—Around this time, Chicago police also begin distributing "High Risk Missing Child" alerts with a picture of Julian to businesses and residents near Hudson's family home in the area near 74th and Halsted Streets. Police, the FBI and residents continue to search.

7 p.m.—Jennifer Hudson offers a $100,000 reward for the return of Julian.


Reports start coming in that police had found a white Suburban with a body inside in the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue.

8:30 a.m—Around this time, the Cook County medical examiner confirms that the body is that of a boy.

9 a.m.—The license plate of the Suburban matches the Amber Alert issued for 7-year-old Julian King. Police tow the vehicle. News outlets report that the child found inside is African-American.

1:30 p.m.—Law enforcement sources said that the body in the SUV was shot multiple times in the back of the vehicle. Police were testing the clothing of a man in custody for gunshot residue.

2:15 p.m.—Jennifer Hudson and family members are expected to go to the Cook County medical examiner's office by 3 p.m., according to a spokesman for the office. Hudson's security detail informed the office that a group would be headed there from a downtown hotel.

4 p.m.—Police confirm the identity of the boy as Julian King.

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