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Hudson spox: Police probe deaths of mom, brother

Oct. 24, 2008, 8:55 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The personal publicist of Jennifer Hudson says Chicago police are investigating the deaths of the Oscar-winning actress' mother and brother, who were found shot dead at their South Side home.

Lisa Kasteler said Friday that no further comment will be made about the deaths of Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says investigators also seek a missing child who is Donerson's grandson. She says the deaths appear to be the result of domestic abuse.

Police say the boy, Julian King, is accompanied by a man who is "considered armed and dangerous." They've issued an Amber Alert for a white Chevy Suburban or a teal or green Chrysler Concord.

The alert said the child was possibly abducted, and accompanied by a man — considered armed and dangerous — who was a suspect in the double homicide investigation. The two could also be in a teal or green Chrysler Concord with a temporary license plate, a left front headlight hanging out and scratches on the left side of the vehicle, police said.

Deputy Chief Joseph Patterson said a family member entered the home around 3 p.m. Friday, found Donerson shot on the living room floor and left to notify authorities. Responding officers found Jason Hudson shot in the bedroom, Patterson said. There was no sign of forced entry. Public records show the address listed to a Jennifer Hudson and Darnell Donerson. Police tape blocked access to the large, white house, where a crowd gathered outside.

The tragedy comes as Hudson, who grew up in Chicago, continues to reach new heights in her career. (Story Continues On Next Page...)

Hudson rep: Police probe deaths of mom, brother

Oct. 24, 2008, 8:55 PM EST

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Her song "Spotlight" is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts and her recently released, self-tiled album debut and has been a top seller. She was featured in this year's blockbuster "Sex and the City" and is also starring in hit movie "The Secret Life of Bees."

She won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2007 for her role in "Dreamgirls." In an interview last year with Vogue, Hudson credited her mother with encouraging her to audition for "American Idol," which launched her career.

The singer, whose father died when she was a teenager, described herself as very close to her family. In a recent AP interview she said her family, which includes older siblings Julia and Jason, helped keep her grounded. "My faith in God and my family, they're very realistic and very normal, they're not into the whole limelight kind of thing, so when I go home to Chicago that's just another place that's home," she said. "I stand in line with everybody else, or, when I go home to my mom I'm just Jennifer, (so she says), 'You get up and you take care of your own stuff.' And I love that; I don't like when people tell you everything you want to hear, I want to hear the truth, you know what I mean."

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