Roosevelt Rene was identified as the 25-year-old man whose body was found in the home of New York Giants star Jenoris Jenkins.
He was described as a family friend of the home’s residents.
The body was found on the property that Jenkins owns in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The Bergin County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed early on that the victim was a man but was not the owner of the home, according to TMZ. The name of the victim was initially delayed because next of kin were being notified but was released on the evening of June 26, 2018.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted, “Per law enforcement sources, police are investigating a possible strangulation/suffocation as the cause of death in the case of the body found at Giants CB Janoris Jenkins’ home.” Authorities had yet to confirm that account, though, and the official cause of death for Roosevelt Rene is not yet clear..
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Janoris Jenkins Was Out of the State When Roosevelt Rene’s Body was Found, Reports Say
Dianna Russini, an ESPN journalist, wrote on Twitter that Janoris Jenkins was out of the state when the body was discovered. According to ABC 7, Roosevelt Rene was living in Jenkins’ home.
“Police sources have confirmed a body has been discovered on the property of Giants Janoris Jenkins in Fair Lawn, NJ. Jenkins is not in the state and has been in Florida since camp broke. He is aware as are the New York Giants. Told this is a homicide investigation,” she wrote.
TMZ also reported that Jenkins was not in the state at the time but was aware of the situation.
The New York Giants released a brief statement that read, “We are aware of and monitoring the situation.”
2. A Man Claiming to Be Janoris Jenkins’ Brother May Have Caused Delays on a Flight, Reports Allege
Dianna Russini, of ESPN, tweeted, “Also last night in NJ, a man claiming to be Janoris Jenkins’ brother was on a Jet Blue flight to Fort Lauderdale from Newark to allegedly meet up with Janoris. The man caused delays because he was too scared to fly according to witnesses I spoke to. He got off the plane #giants.”
According to The New York Post, a worker discovered the body. ““The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Fair Lawn Police Department are investigating a death at 14 Van Saun Place in Fair Lawn, New Jersey,” authorities said in a statement.
3. Jenkins Had Family Staying in the Dwelling, Reports Say
Russini also reported on Twitter that “Janoris Jenkins had family staying at that home…he had plans to return to New Jersey today to deal with this situation but he may stay in Florida. #Giants.”
4. The Body Was Found in the Basement of the Home
TMZ, which was one of the first sites to break the story, reported that it wasn’t yet clear how the person had died. “Sources tell us the body was discovered in the basement by a worker at the house. Law enforcement officers in Bergen County raced to the scene. We’re told the coroner showed up a short time later,” the entertainment site reported.
5. Police Received a 911 Call About the Death
A 911 call alerted police to the death at the Jenkins’ home around 10:22 a.m. on Tuesday June 26, 2018, according to ABC 7.
Source: Heavy Sports