Police Supt. Jody Weis says the body found on Chicago’s West Side is that of 7-year-old Julian King. The identity of the body also was confirmed this afternoon by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be done Tuesday.
The boy’s aunt, actress-singer Jennifer Hudson and three other relatives went to the office and identified the body, authorities said.
Chicago police brought Julian’s body to the medical examiner’s office about 12:15 p.m., said office spokesman Sean Howard.
Hudson and relatives arrived about three hours later. When the group entered a viewing room at the office Hudson held her head down, as if praying, Howard said.
The family identified Julian via a video screen mounted on a wall that showed his face, according to Howard.
With Hudson were two other aunts of Julian’s, an uncle, three other family members, two detectives, Howard and a medical examiner, the spokesman said.
When they saw the boy’s face on the screen, Hudson told investigators, “Yes, that is him, ” Howard said.
4th Update: From the Chicago Tribune
Sources say that police have told the Hudson family that the body found on Chicago’s West Side is that of 7-year-old Julian King.
3rd Update: The boy was shot multiple times in the back of the vehicle. Police are checking Balfour’s clothing for gunshot residue. Bullet casings were found in Julian’s room Friday. The police superintendent is holding a press conference at 4 pm CT.
2nd Update: Hudson family members are headed to medical examiner’s.
Update: The SUV has been identified as the missing white SUV. They are still working on identifying the young boy found in the backseat of the car. Neighbors believe the car was parked in the area on Sunday or during the early morning hours today. The Hudson family, assuming the worst, have organized a noon church vigil.
William Balfour’s alibi for his whereabout during the time of the murders has been contradicted by his girlfriend.
It looks like the worst has happened. From FOX news in Chicago:
Police today found a child’s body in a GMC Suburban found parked at 1313 S. Kolin on the city’s West Side. So far, there’s no identification but authorities fear it could be the body of seven-year-old Julian King.
King disappeared Friday after his grandmother and uncle were found murdered in their Englewood home. The grandmother was actress/singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother.
Police are holding the estranged husband of Justin’s [sic] mother but so far, there are no charges.
Senseless. Whoever did this is a monster. Really, I have no more to say at the moment. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer and her family at this time…