A teen has been arrested in connection with the masked killing of rags-to-riches entrepreneur Makeva Jenkins.
Jenkins was reportedly shot by a masked gunman, entering her home on June 29 at about 2:00 A.M. The suspect, 19-year-old Joevan Joseph, told reporters, “I didn’t do it,” as detectives escorted him in handcuffs to a police car on Aug. 3.
Jenkins often posted her financial successes on Facebook. Even hours before she was killed, the 33-year-old entrepreneur posted about the tremendous amount her business has grown and how her life had changed in just a few years. Her family believes her Facebook posts could have been a factor in her death, Fox News reported.
According to The Palm Beach Post, the man knocked on the door and entered the upscale Boynton Beach-area home, owned by Jenkins’s husband, Euri, who was there with his brother and Jenkins’s children. A fight allegedly broke out between the masked intruder and Jenkins before the gunman reportedly forced the family to go upstairs and lie face down on the floor, shooting Jenkins in the head.
A man later told the Sun Sentinel that he’d managed to convince the gunman to let the children leave before the killing occurred. Jenkins was rushed to the hospital, but later died.
It is not clear what the connection is, if any, between Jenkins and Joseph. Joseph doesn’t appear to be on Jenkins’s Facebook friends list, so it is not clear if he was monitoring Jenkins’s posts about the money she was making. He is being charged with first-degree murder.
The family and Jenkins’s neighbors were relieved to hear that a suspect was arrested. At the time of the murder, a white Dodge Charger, owned by the family, was found abandoned less than a mile from the scene, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Euri said that he watched his wife die in his arms.
“My wife was a good wife. She was a good mom. She was an entrepreneur. She came from nothing to something,” said Euri in a CBS Miami interview.
In her last Facebook post, Jenkins talked about how she went from homelessness to owning her own successful consulting business. She talks about having been homeless in 2013 and 2014 to then reaching a six-figure income by 2015. Her grandmother questioned the homelessness claims.
The family held a press conference last month on what would have been Jenkins’s 34th birthday. They held the conference at the Sheriff’s Department, as at that time no arrests had yet been made. Euri did not attend.
When reporters asked Jenkins’s grandmother about Euri’s absence, she responded, “We have no idea about her husband or where he is or what’s going on with that.”