The family of Jennifer Hudson has offered a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her nephew, 7 year-old Julian King, according to MTV News.
King has been missing since Hudson’s mother and brother were fatally shot in Chicago on Friday (Oct. 24).
The F.B.I. are working in conjunction with the Chicago police to search for the boy, who also goes by the nicknames “Juice Box” and “Dr. King.”
Hudson thanked her fans for their support and asked for their help in the search on her MySpace blog. The post contains pictures of King.
“Thank you all for your prayers and your calls,” reads the post. “Please keep praying for our family and that
we get Julian King back home safely. If anyone has any information
about his whereabouts please contact the authorities immediately. Here
is a picture of Julian and what he was last seen wearing. Once again
thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.”
In the statement announcing the reward, the family asked that all inquiries be directed to the Chicago Police Department, Area 1 Detective Division at (312) 747-8380.
Even Presidential Candidate Barack Obama has responded, describing the deaths as “heartbreaking” to UsMagazine.com. Obama added he was “trying to get a phone number to call her at this tragic time. She is
somebody who has campaigned for me, she also lives in my community. So,
we’re really going to have to … help her and pray for her and her
family during this difficult time.“
Police have not formally charged anyone in the murders, but Hudson’s brother-in-law, William Balfour, who previously lived in the home, is being held as a “person of interest [click to read].” Balfour, who had separated from King’s mother, was found at his pregnant girlfriend’s house on the South Side of Chicago hours after the bodies were discovered.
Balfour, on parole after serving seven years in prison for attempted murder and vehicular hijacking, was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections for violation of parole “independent of this investigation,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports that the body of a boy was found Monday (Oct. 27) morning in a white SUV, which was connected with King.
It is currently unconfirmed whether the body found was that of Kings‘. HipHopDX will keep you updated on the story.