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Formerly homeless mom killed after Facebook post about success

Makeva Jenkins (Photo source: Facebook/ Makeva Jenkins)

Makeva Jenkins, 33, was a formally homeless mother of three who had struggled over the past few years but had finally achieved financial stability. She was so in awe of her blessings that she posted the following to Facebook this past Wednesday:

“I’m in awe of how far I’ve come. This lady reached out to me about my business plans. We’ve been Facebook friends for years but the last time we spoke through private message was 8/2011. In this message, I was inquiring about Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University offered through her church. I couldn’t even afford $99 at that time. 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”.-Makeva Jenkins June 28 at 11:24 pm ·

A few hours after telling of her incredible transformation to a six-figure income, the masked man ran into her home around 2 a.m. The intruder then held Jenkins and three other adults and her three children ages 1, 7 and 13 at gunpoint in the home. Jenkins pleaded with the gunman to please let her children go into another room separate from the adults, which he allowed. According to media outlet CBS 12 in Lakewood, Florida, the gunman told the three adults to lie on the floor, as they complied, he shot Jenkins in the head. The gunman then stole the family vehicle and fled the scene. According to police, the vehicle was found abandoned nearby and the suspect in the killing is now on the loose.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crime scene and is trying to determine a motive for the killing. News of Jenkins’ death spread quickly on her Facebook page and the family posted the following message:

“Regretfully, the news reports are true. The family of Makeva Jenkins asks that their privacy be respected at this most trying time. 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.”


  1. Sharon T on June 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Something is not adding up here. Why shoot just her, especially if she was complying. Also was there nothing else taken but the car? which was then abandoned. Exactly who gained what from this crime? I hope there will be more investigating done here. I smell a rat!

    • Mason Youngblood on June 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      I smell a stupid-ass criminal who thought the “six-fugures” was in the house..then knew he had fcked up when he found no money. Dumb people cause more problems than a little.

    • Chuck on July 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Her husband is being investigated.

  2. britishrose on June 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    some women are letting these nuts in their home off the enternet , date sites i have heard countless horror stories of women meeting off the net and ending up rap killed or daughter malested , if your gonna meet them make it a few dates in a public restaurant dont tell them where you live , or what kind of money you make . . tell them you are a cashier at walmart or that you sell avon or something like that , these men are rootless and i hear the majority are convicts who pay their friends to post the post for them and run it .. that is why the date lines stop giving you the option to do nation wide and you have to target your own zip code now .. cause there use to be convict traveling grayhound daily headed to the home of some desperate chick , who will do any thing to get a man including pay his ticket , food and let him stay with you and your kids . for the sake of having a man . a lot of woman killed but the media want tell you this cause they know that whole business would crash . if women knew they were more likely to die from a chat line date than being hit by bus. i feel sorry for this woman kids to go threw that much trama cause trheir moma wanted a man !!! if that is not the case , i smell a rat , i think she knew her killer ,

  3. Mason Youngblood on June 30, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Moral to the story: Never let the left hand know what the right hand is doing…or HAS done, for that matter..

  4. The Power Broker on July 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Gotta learn how to move in silence….

  5. claire on July 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    He may have made the FB post to deflect suspicion from himself. His story makes no sense,