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SERVICES SET FOR HUDSON FAMILY MEMBERS November 1, 2008

Filed under: General News — Ryann Hayman @ 3:50 pm
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Funeral services have been set for Jennifer Hudson’s three relatives who were shot and killed last week in Chicago, reports the Associated Press.      

       A funeral home announced Thursday that services for Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew will be held on Monday morning at Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side. The service will be closed to the public.

 

       Meanwhile, Chicago police have confirmed earlier reports that William Balfour, a person of interest in the murders, was cooperating with investigators until asked to take a lie detector test.

 

       The 27-year-old stepfather of Hudson’s nephew and estranged husband of her sister, told detectives he had a good relationship with the Hudson family, but he stopped talking when detectives asked him to take the polygraph test, a police official told the Associated Press Wednesday.

 

       Balfour has been at the center of the investigation since shortly after the bodies of Hudson’s mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, and brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson, were found Friday inside their home on Chicago’s South Side. The body of Balfour’s stepson, 7-year-old Julian King, was discovered Monday in an SUV on the city’s West Side. All three shooting deaths have been ruled homicides.      

       Balfour had not been charged as of press time Thursday. Investigators were still gathering evidence and following up on leads, the official said. However, the official said police do not believe anyone else was involved in the killings.      

       It is possible that someone else drove the SUV with the boy’s body inside and parked it on the West Side, the official said, but Balfour is “the only suspect in the killings (and there is) nothing to link a second individual” to them.

 

      In other Hudson news, “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest says he is praying for Hudson, a season 3 finalist, during this difficult time. 

 

       “I sent her an e-mail to share my sorrow for what she went through and asked her if there was anything we could do,” Seacrest told People.com. “It’s horrible.”

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