Jennifer Hudson & Julia Hudson Thank Police, Fans For Support Following Murder Trial Verdict

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Julia Hudson and Jennifer Hudson attend the 1st annual Julian D. King Gift Foundation Hatch Day celebration at De La Salle Institute, Chicago, on August 14, 2011 -- Getty Images

Jennifer Hudson and her sister, Julia Hudson, have released a statement after William Balfour, was found guilty in the murders of their relatives.

"We have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always. We are so grateful to prosecutors James McKay, Jennifer Bagby and Veryl Gambino and State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and her team for their dedication and tireless work from the beginning," the sisters said in their statement, released to Access Hollywood on Friday evening.

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"We have the best police department and they have been with us every step of the way," their statement continued, referring to Chicago's finest. "We thank all of the State's witnesses who came forward on our behalf."

The sisters added their thanks to those around the world who have supported the family in the wake of the October 2008 tragedy.

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"We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we're very grateful. We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family. We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them (2 Corinthian 4:3-4). It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday," the statement concluded.

On Friday, a jury in Chicago convicted Balfour of murdering the Oscar winner's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

At the time of the 2008 murders, Balfour was the estranged husband of Julia Hudson.

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