Police are searching for a man who shot and killed a Palm Beach mother of three after she made an inspiring Facebook post about her new found financial success.
In just two years, Makeva Jenkins, 33, went from being homeless to earning multiple six-figure salaries after creating her own business. On Wednesday evening, Jenkins shared her story with the world via a Facebook status encouraging others to take ownership of their life.
“I’m in awe of how far I’ve come,” the post reads. “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. I’m saying this to say, anyone can do it. It takes determination and consistency.”
Just two hours after she shared the post, a masked man knocked on the front door of her home early Thursday morning. After she opened the door, he walked in and was met by the people inside. A brief altercation ensued, resulting in the man fatally shooting Jenkins.
After the 2 a.m. shooting, the man fled in the family’s vehicle and ditched it nearby, a sheriff’s spokesperson said. Jenkins was rushed to a hospital, where she died.
Jenkins had two daughters, ages 1 and 13, and one son, age 7. The 13-year-old girl is on the All Ball Elite travel team and Jenkins spent the past month traveling the state to support her daughter, Patricia Clarke, assistant coach of Jenkins’s daughter’s travel basketball team, told the Palm Beach Post.
Jenkins managed a business consulting company, The Prime Enterprise Group, which creates business plans and marketing strategies for entrepreneurs and small businesses, according to its Facebook page.
Jenkins’s Facebook page is comprised of personal posts, one that even shows her bank account. Family members wondered if her Facebook posts led to her death.
“She was a very loving person. She loved her kids, and loved her family and loved her husband,” Clarke said. “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. It’s a great family and I’m just lost for words for what happened.”
(Photo: Makeva Jenkins via Facebook)