Woman Killed After Going From Homeless to Six Figures

Makeva Jenkins was shot by a home invader Thursday in Florida
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2017 11:31 AM CDT
Woman Who Escaped Homelessness Killed by Home Invader
Makeva Jenkins went from being homeless to owning her own successful business in three years. On Thursday, she was shot and killed during a home invasion.   (Facebook)

“We overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 ... to now making multi six figures," Makeva Jenkins posted Wednesday night on Facebook. Less than three hours later, the Florida mother of three was dead, People reports. According to the Palm Beach Post, a masked man entered Jenkins' home early Thursday and got into an altercation with the people inside. It's unknown who the man was targeting, but CBS 12 reports Jenkins was shot in the head with her children—ages 1 to 13—and relatives nearby. The man fled in a family car, abandoning it nearby. Police are investigating but don't believe Jenkins, 33, was killed in connection to her newfound wealth.

After being homeless, Jenkins started her own business consulting company, advising others on putting together business plans, securing loans, and starting their own businesses. She posted often on Facebook about her journey. "No matter what the road looked like, I followed my heart and stuck with it," she wrote in her final post. "I'm saying this to say, anyone can do it. It takes determination and consistency." An assistant coach on Jenkins' daughter's basketball team describes her as a "very loving" woman: "She loved her kids, and loved her family, and loved her husband." (More Florida stories.)

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