Hudson Offers $100K Reward for Nephew

Obama says he is 'heartbroken,' praying for her family
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2008 7:35 PM CDT
A memorial sits outside the home of 57-year-old Darnell Hudson Donerson, the mother of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Jennifer Hudson offered a $100,000 reward today for the safe return of her missing nephew, the Chicago Tribune reports. Seven-year-old Julian King has been gone since the shooting deaths of Hudson's mother and brother in Chicago on Friday. Also today, Hudson's family received public support from Barack Obama, who said he is praying for her and looking for her phone number, Us Weekly reports.

Hudson has said that singing the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention this summer was "the biggest honor, I feel like, in my career—one of the greatest moments," she told People. "I had to separate myself emotionally so I didn't get too emotional while I was singing." An Obama insider acknowledged their debt to her, saying the campaign staff is "shocked and saddened."