Jennifer and Julia Hudson Release Statements Regarding Their Tragedy

Singer Jennifer Hudson spoke out this morning (Oct 26), addressing her fans for the first time since the gruesome discovery on Friday (Oct 24) of the bodies of their mother and brother at the South Side Chicago home where she grew up. Speaking via a blog on her MySpace page, the Academy Award winning actress thanked fans for their concern and asked for their continued support.

“Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely," Hudson wrote. "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."

Her statement came one day after her sister Julia Hudson, the boy’s mother, issued an emotional plea for the child’s safe return, joined by Julian’s father Greg King.

“All I ask, I don’t care who you are, just let the baby go. Please,” Julia said during a press conference held at the Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church. “My biggest fear has already happened. My greatest hope is finding my child. I have to believe he is ok. My family is a God-fearing family. That's why we are here today."

“I just want my son,” continued Julia Hudson, whose estranged ex-husband was named in the Amber Alert issued for Julian Friday. “That’s all I have to say. Please let my baby go. He didn’t do nothing to nobody. He don’t deserve this. I know he’s out there. Just let him go.”

Chicago authorities have brought in the FBI to assist them as they continue to search for Julian, who has not been seen in nearly 48 hours. His mother explained that she last saw him Thursday night, as the family gathered to celebrate her 31st birthday. She then took the boy back to the home on S. Yale Avenue, where she lived with her mother Darnell Donnerson and brother Jason Hudson, the two victims of Friday’s tragic events.

The Chicago Police Department explains that the FBI’s involvement is to investigate the possibility that Julian has been taken across state lines, which would make his kidnapping a federal offense.

“We’re doing that as a precautionary measure,” explained Chicago PD superintendent Jody Weis. “From what we know right now, it appears to be some type of domestic situation, but that’s very preliminary. We just have to follow the evidence.”

At this time, no one has been charged in connection to the deaths of Mrs. Donnerson and her son, despite the coroner’s ruling of both deaths as homicides.

William Balfour, who in Friday’s Amber Alert was listed as a suspect in a “double homicide investigation,” was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections today “based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation,” according to police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith added that Balfour, who is still considered a "person of interest," would likely remain in state custody until his case was examined by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

At this time, an active investigation continues around the Hudson family home. While authorities intend to conduct a citywide search for Julian, today the effort has been focused “in the immediate vicinity” of the Englewood section of Chicago where Hudson grew up, with neighbors joining the search.

“There’s a lot of forensic evidence,” Bond said. “We have to work the evidence and try and solve this case. Most importantly, we want to find the child.”