"We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation concerning the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson. No further comment will be made and the family has asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time."
Hours after Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and an as-yet unidentified male were found shot to death in Donerson's Chicago home and a 7-year-old boy went missing, a next-door neighbor tells E! News that she heard gunshots Friday morning and believes that the killings are related to an ongoing domestic dispute.
Angela Russell, who lives next door to Donerson on Yale Avenue in the South Side neighborhood of Englewood, says that she thinks that Hudson's sister Julia was having domestic troubles with her husband, whom she had talked about divorcing.
"It has been pretty rough for a while," says Russell. "We do know that Ms. Hudson's oldest daughter was having trouble with her husband. We do know that there were some domestic issues going on and we believe that is what this all about. "
Chicago Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the deaths appeared to be the result of domestic abuse, but she declined to elaborate.
Russell says that Donerson, who she referred to as Ms. Hudson, babysat everyday for Julia's son Julian King, who has been reported missing.
"She babysat for him everyday when her daughter was at work," says Russell. "[Julia] was here daily."
Russell says that Donerson never expressed any interest in leaving the neighborhood. And contrary to crime statistics, Russell says the community is relatively safe. In fact, Hudson lived with her mother in this house up until recently, she says.
Russell says that she is now trapped in the house because of the police outside and the neighbors are waiting for Hudson or her sister Julia to tell them about the funeral arrangements.
"We know the Amber Alert is out and the police just held a police conference," Russell says. "We are still waiting for Jennifer to get here. We know that Julia is still with the police at the station."