Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Mom Who Gushed About Financial Success on Facebook

Makeva Jenkins (WPEC)

A man was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Florida woman who was killed in June after she gushed about her financial success on Facebook.

Joevan Joseph, 19, was charged in the slaying of 33-year-old Makeva Jenkins, a mother and entrepreneur who died after being shot in the head in her Lake Worth home.

Joseph told reporters “I didn’t do it” as detectives escorted him in handcuffs to a police car. He appeared before a judge on Sunday and was denied bond.

Detectives escort Joevan Joseph to a police car at the Palm Beach County Jail Saturday in West Palm Beach. Joseph, 19, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the June slaying of Makeva Jenkins, 33, outside Boynton Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/ The Palm Beach Post)

Jenkins, who was very vocal about her success on social media in the last three years, went from being homeless to earning “multi six figures.” She managed a business consulting company known as The Prime Enterprise.

“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,” Jenkins wrote on Facebook. “No matter what the road looked like, I followed my heart and stuck with it growing my business.”

Jenkins ended the post by saying: “Anyone can do it. It takes determination and consistency.” The Facebook post followed previous messages about her business.

On the night of her shooting, Jenkins’ three children – two girls, ages 1 and 13, and a boy, age 7 – her husband and brother were inside the home, The Palm Beach Post reported. A fight broke out between Jenkins and the masked intruder before she was shot in the head. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

Her family initially said they feared Jenkins’ detailed Facebook posts may have made her a target that led to her death.