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As of Friday Chicago police confirmed that the .45-caliber found in a vacant lot, was the firearm used in the murders of Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother and nephew.

The weapon has been positively identified through forensic examination as the weapon that was used in the homicides,” said police Superintendent Jody Weis, according to the Associated Press.

The gun was discovered in the same neighborhood where the body of Hudson’s nephew, Julian King was found. The bodies of Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson and her brother Jason Hudson were discovered in the family’s home last Friday.

There has not been any charges made yet in the killings, however 27-year-old William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia, is in custody on a parole violation and Police have also made him a “person of interest.”

The Hudson family held a public memorial Sunday at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Neither Jennifer or Julia attended.

The family will hold a private funeral services for Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew this afternoon at Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side.

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A woman from Sydney, Australia with less than two months to live has been awarded more than $400,000 after doctors failed to properly diagnose a breast “mass” as cancerous, the Australian Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The New South Wales Supreme Court ordered Sydney South West Area Health Service to pay Christine O’Gorman, 57, $405,990 in damages and costs she incurred as a result of misdiagnoses she received in 2002 and 2004.

O’Gorman’s cancer is considered fatal and she is not expected to live beyond the end of the year, according to the report.

According to her lawsuit, O’Gorman underwent routine mammograms every two years beginning in 1994. The tests detected a mass in her left breast in 2002 and 2004, but doctors said the lump had no suspicious features and had not increased in size between screenings.

But in January 2007, O’Gorman noticed the mass had grown significantly in size. She underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy in the summer of 2007, but by then the cancer had spread to her lungs. In June of this year, doctors determined the cancer had also spread to her brain.

As reported earlier, the body of Julian King was found in the white Suburban that was reported in the Amber Alert. Here is the full report:

Jennifer helped positively identify the body of her young nephew today, hours after he was found with gunshot wounds in a sport-utility vehicle on Chicago’s West Side, authorities said.

An autopsy was scheduled to be done on the body of Julian on Tuesday at the Cook County medical examiner’s office, where Hudson and other relatives went to help identify the remains this afternoon.

A law enforcement source told the Tribune that the boy had been shot multiple times in the back of the white Chevrolet Suburban. The vehicle had been the subject of an intense search and Amber Alert issued on Friday after Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot and killed inside the family’s South Side home.

**WEEN continues to extend our condolences to the Hudson family during this trying time. They are in our hearts, thoughts & prayers**

After Julia Hudson, the sister of Jennifer Hudson, gave a press conference on Saturday with Greg King, the biological father of Julian King. Jennifer Hudson’s publicist, Lisa Kasteler, made and announcement that the Oscar-winning actress and her family are offering a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her missing 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, has been missing since the Friday’s shooting deaths of Jennifer’s mother and brother at the family’s home in Chicago. The family asks that any information be given to the Chicago Police Department. The investigation is ongoing/active and the FBI have joined in the search for Jennifer’s nephew Julian.

*UPDATE* The search for 7-year old Julian King has come to an end after the body of the young boy was found in the white 1994 Chevrolet Suburban that was said to be the car used to kidnap Julian. Our condolences go out to the Hudson family as they go through this trying time. No one could possibly imagine what they are going through.

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Note: WEEN will not be giving minute-by-minute updates about these tragic turn of events, because we want to respect the Hudson family. The updates will be short and far in between. However, we will update you when speculations are CONFIRMED. Again, the Hudson family is in our prayers.

Breaking news: Jennifer Hudson is currently on her way back to Chicago. According various reports both Jennifer’s mother Darnell Hudson and brother Jason Hudson were killed by gunshot. Police say the believe the disturbance may be due a a domestic violence depute. Police are also being reporting that Jennifer’s nephew, is also missing and that Jennifer’s sister’s car was stolen. Our condolences goes out to the family and we will keep you posted.

UPDATE: A search is under way for Jennifer’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, who is missing, according to sources. Police are searching for an SUV, that was seen in the area, a 1994 white Suburban, Illinois license plate number X584859. Julia’s birthday was yesterday and apparently that’s when “a few things went on”.

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones died just yesterday from a brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm. Check out the report:

Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a longtime member of Congress and most recently a stalwart supporter of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, died yesterday just after 6 p.m. Her hometown paper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, reported earlier that the police found her unconscious in her car on Tuesday night, after seeing it weave erratically. She was seeking her sixth term in Congress. And she was a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as a recent co-chairwoman of the Ethics Committee, which she helped to rebuild after a stormy period when the Foley page scandal rocked the House of Representatives.

She was 58 years old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.