The family of Makeva Jenkins, a 33-year-old married Florida mother of three children, believes that her inspiring Facebook posts led to her murder. On June 28, she wrote that she lifted herself out of homelessness and was earning a six-figure salary. Two hours later, a masked man entered her Lantana home and she was fatally shot.
Her family believes that her murder and the Facebook posts were linked, reports the Palm Beach Post.
“Regretfully, the news reports are true. The family of Makeva Jenkins asks that their privacy be respected at this most trying time,” Jenkins’ family wrote on Facebook on June 29. “All of your love, condolences, and well wishes are appreciated; however, please refrain from calling or texting concerning the events. Please keep the family in your prayers.”
Here’s what you need to know about Jenkins.
1. 2 Hours Before She Was Killed, Jenkins Shared on Facebook That She Was Making Six Figures After Lifting Herself Out of Homelessness
About two hours before Jenkins was killed on June 28, she posted an inspiring Facebook message about how she and her family were homeless in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she started making six figures, and by 2017, she was making “multi six figures.” She posted an old text message chain, showing that she couldn’t even afford to spent $99 for a class at Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.
“Fast forward to now: We overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 to reaching my six figure mark in 2015 to now making multi six figures. No matter what the road looked like, I followed my heart and stuck with it growing my business,” Jenkins wrote. “I’m saying this to say, anyone can do it. It takes determination and consistency.”
Jenkins also shared other positive words on her Facebook page in the days before her death. “Being surrounded by the right people does wonders for your business,” she wrote on June 28.
On June 27, she wrote, “I don’t even try to count my blessings. There are too many.”
2. The Suspect Killed Jenkins at Her Home & Fled Using Her Family’s Car
The Palm Beach Post reports that, less than two hours after Jenkins posted about her success, a masked suspect knocked on Jenkins’ door at her home near Santaluces High School.
CBS12 reports that witnesses say a man wearing a ski mask entered the home at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and shot Jenkins in the head. Her three children and relatives were home at the time. One of the relatives at the home told CBS12 that he told the suspect to let the children leave the room before the suspect shot Jenkins.
A Sheriff’s spokesperson told the Post that the man took her family’s vehicle and left it nearby. The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
Jenkins was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she later died.
3. Jenkins Was Married With 3 Children, Including a 1-Year-Old Baby
According to court records, Jenkins married Euri Jenkins in 2011. WPBF reports that the couple had three children, including a year-old baby. Her other children are 13 and 7.
“She was a very loving person. She loved her kids, and loved her family and loved her husband,” Patricia Clarke, an assistant coach for Jenkins’ oldest daughter’s basketball team, told the Palm Beach Post.
“Two weeks ago we were in Fort Myers and we celebrated her daughter’s 13th birthday. Three weeks before that we were in Fort Pierce for another tournament. A week before that we celebrated her daughter’s 1 year old,” Clarke told the Post. “It’s a great family and I’m just lost for words for what happened.”
“My wife was a good wife, she was a good mom,” Euri Jenkins told CBS12. “She was an entrepreneur, she came from nothing to something.”
4. Jenkins Managed a Business Consulting Company, The Prime Enterprise Group
According to her LinkedIn page, Jenkins was a business strategist at The Prime Enterprise Group. The firm’s mission is helping entrepreneurs and small business owners around the globe, specializing in start-up and expansions. The mission statement reads:
Our mission is to help clients realize if they can think it, they can build it and they can grow it. We challenge entrepreneurs to THINK outside the box, BUILD the business they want and GROW from there. We set out to educate clients on entrepreneurship through business planning, coaching & consulting, mentorships and workshops & webinars.
Jenkins also recorded podcasts to share business advice.
Jenkins’ LinkedIn page notes that she earned a Masters in Social Work from Barry University in 2009 and earned a B.A. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Prior to founding The Prime Enterprise Group, she founded the Makeva Harold Foundation in 2009 to provide social services to her community. The foundation closed in 2012.
Jenkins also worked as a life coach for “Kids At Home” in 2008 and 2009, and founded her own party design company in 2007 called Creative Party Designing. That company closed in May 2012.
Jenkins also posted advice on YouTube. Her last post was just four weeks ago.
5. Jenkins Gave Financial Advice to High School Graduates & Planned a Summer Digital Seminar
Jenkins was just weeks away from starting her “5-Day Business Plan” digital seminar. The week-long seminar was going to help aspiring entrepreneurs build business plans, budgets and market strategy.
“Join me for 10 hours of cutting edge business plan preparation designed to help you grow your business. Your business plan can be used for operating or to secure funding,” she wrote on the site.
In May, Jenkins was interviewed by the Palm Beach Beat to discuss her advice to high school graduates before they go to college. She suggested that they have savings and checking accounts, with the savings account for emergencies.
“Do not, I repeat DO NOT apply for every credit card preapproval you receive,” Jenkins told the Beat. “Open one major credit card and one department store credit card to start establishing credit, but only when you have a job to make the payments.”
“Everybody loved her,” a relative told the Palm Beach Post.