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Chicago police credited Jennifer Hudson’s Southside community this week for helping authorities break the triple-homicide case involving the star’s family.

“The community stepped up to the plate and helped the police solve this case,” said Superintendent Jody Weis.

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On Tuesday, William Balfour, 27, the Oscar-winning celebrity’s estranged brother-in-law, was charged in the deaths of Hudson¹s mother, brother and nephew. Balfour, who has denied all charges, is the prime suspect in the triple homicide.

On October 24, the bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, were discovered in their Englewood home. Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found shot to death days later.

While Balfour’s attorney has denied all charges and claimed evidence against his client is mainly circumstantial, the Chicago Police Department says they are confident that the physical evidence shows Balfour committed the murders without any accomplices, according to the Associated Press.

Deputy Superintendent Steve Peterson told reporters the family was “relieved and happy that the Chicago Police Department would bring this case to a successful conclusion.”