December 1st, 2008
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Arrest in Jennifer Hudson family murders... and Wal-Mart’s deadly stampede

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Chicago police say they’ve arrested 27-year-old William Balfour for the October murders of three relatives of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. Balfour is the estranged husband of Hudson’s older sister and stepfather of one of the victims, 7-year-old Julian King. The other victims were Hudson’s mother and brother. Balfour has been in custody on a parole violation since shortly after the killings; he previously served seven years for a 1999 attempted murder and carjacking conviction. We’ll have the latest on his arrest and the investigation.

Some other stories we’re following tonight:

Jdimytai Damour was a big man – linebacker big at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 270 pounds. But on Friday morning he was no match for the mob that trampled him to death at a Wal-Mart store on New York’s Long Island. Damour, a 34-year-old temporary worker, was mowed down as he tried to unlock the store’s doors. A dozen other people were also knocked down in the stampede, including a woman eight months pregnant. A satirist couldn’t make up a better storyline to highlight greed and materialism run amok. Too bad it’s not satire. A young man was killed, and tonight there are new details about how he died and what police are hoping to learn from a store surveillance tape. 360’s Randi Kaye has the story.

Plus, we have a lot of economic and political news to cover.

Today, we finally learned (shhh!) we’re in a recession. Actually we’ve been in one since last December, according to the group in charge of tracking such things. Of course, this isn’t news to most people who don’t have to worry about the politics of word choice. Now that it’s official, newsmakers can finally stop using qualifiers and conditionals when talking about the obvious.

Along with the R-word, grim news from the manufacturing and construction sectors drove the Dow down nearly 700 points today, wiping out more than half of last week’s big gains. Asian markets are plunging as we prepare for tonight’s program. It’s your money, your future. CNN Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi puts it all in perspective tonight.

And as you’ve probably heard, Team Obama grew today. The president-elect announced his national security team - a showcase of big names, deep experience, diverse opinions and strong egos. We’ll have all the angles.

See you at 10 pm ET.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Why does it have to be about Jennifer Hudson? It was her sister's son that was murdered, so why is it not about the sister's loss (which you don't even include her name in the blog)?
    Does it only rate media attention because of name recognition? If so then that is sad and sick.

    Anybody die today? yeah, Were they famous or related to a famous person? No. Oh well, may as well go home.

    December 1, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Mary, Anniston, AL

    Wal-Mart advertises items every year that they know they may only receive as little as 6 of to sell. Then they hold hundreds of people at a door that KNOW that this is the way they do business, so they are already worked into a frenzy knowing the supplies are very limited on the really good deals. This is a baited frenzy EVERY YEAR or why would they do it? The whole thing is ghoulish.

    December 1, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Judy O

    I think the lesson from the Wal-mart fatality is if people will act like that for a television or a game, all Americans should take very seriously the ideals of each home being supplied for no less then two weeks of food, water, and medicine. Can you imagine how many injuries or fatalities will occur when at stake is your family survival?

    December 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  4. rafael

    i think it's great that hillary will be secretary of state, this coming out of a 16 year old. she will better way better than bush's secretary of state, rice

    December 1, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Joe, Olcott Beach NY

    How can a stock that stopped trading one day because of it's price of two cents open the next day at .08 under a new symbol?

    December 1, 2008 at 9:55 pm |