When 33-year-old business owner Makeva Jenkins took to Facebook in the summer of 2017, she did what most of us do in times of triumph and made a post about it. In what would be one of her last Facebook posts, Jenkins elaborated on her rags to riches story of struggling with homelessness to running The Prime Enterprise Group, an organization she founded to help other small businesses. She wanted to celebrate and share her pride in how successful she was able to become through her hard work and dedication, writing, “No matter what the road looked like, I followed my heart and stuck with it growing my business.” The next day, Makeva Jenkins would be dead.
In what police initially believed was a home invasion, in the early hours of June 29, 2017, Jenkins opened her door to a masked man. The man shot Jenkins in the head before forcing six other people upstairs, The Sun-Sentinel reports. A man in the home convinced the masked man to let the children live and the suspect fled the scene. Jenkins died at the hospital later that same day. It is believed the suspect was able to escape in the family’s white Dodge Charger, which was abandoned a mile away from Jenkins’ Boynton Beach, Florida home.
In August, Jenkins’ family took to the media in order to plea for the public’s help in solving Makeva Jenkins’ brutal and senseless murder. Missing from the press conference was 31-year-old Euri Jenkins, Jenkins’ husband. A month later, U.S. Marshals served out a warrant at Jenkins’ home for the arrest of Euri Jenkins in connection to his wife’s murder.
In addition to Jenkins’ husband, a second man, 20-year-old Joevan Joseph, has also recently been taken into custody. It is believed that Joseph may have been a regular customer at Euri Jenkins’ barber shop, but it is still unclear how the two men may have been connected. While police have not specifically stated what they suspect Joseph or Jenkins’ husband’s roles were in the entrepreneur’s murder, Jenkins’ family says they were not surprised when Euri Jenkins was placed under arrest shortly after their media statement.
During the press conference Jenkins’ family held in August, Jenkins’ grandmother was asked where Jenkins’ husband was. Jenkins’ grandmother told the press, “We have no idea about her husband or where he is or what’s going on with that.”
Both men have proclaimed their innocence. They are currently facing first-degree murder charges.