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Sending a Prayer for Jennifer Hudson and her Family

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN)Authorities issued an Amber Alert on Friday for a 7-year-old boy who was missing from the scene of a double homicide on Chicago’s South Side.

Hudson won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Effie in the film version of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls.” She competed on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004, making it to the top seven contestants before being eliminated from the contest.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots earlier Friday, he said. Authorities found no signs of forced entry to the home and are not sure whether other items are missing.

The boy, Julian King, may be traveling with a suspect in the homicides in a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plates, authorities said at an evening news conference.

Julian is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He was wearing a brown polo shirt with stripes and khaki pants when last seen, authorities said in the Amber Alert.

The bodies were found at a home belonging to the mother of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, a family pastor told CNN affiliate CLTV.

“They found Jennifer’s mother and her brother murdered in her mother’s home this afternoon,” said Willie Davis, pastor of Progressive Baptist Church. “She is on her way back into Chicago from Tampa, Florida.”

Davis said he was notified that he might be called out to assist Hudson and her family members.

Deputy Police Chief Joseph Patterson told reporters the bodies were found about 3 p.m. Friday, when a relative arrived home and found the body of a female shot to death on the living room floor.

The relative backed out of the house and called police, who found the body of a male shot to death in a bedroom, Patterson said.

The white Suburban and the 7-year-old were missing from the scene, he said.

Police did not identify the victims and did not mention Hudson. Patterson said Julian King was the grandson of the female victim.

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