William Jenkins, the brother of Janoris Jenkins, is a person of interest in the death of a hip-hop producer, whose body was found in the home of New York Giants football player Janoris Jenkins, according to TMZ Sports.
“Janoris Jenkin’s 34 yr. old brother William Jenkins has been named a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation into death of Roosevelt Rene — the man found dead in Janoris’ house Tuesday morning,” Michael J. Babcock, a TMZ producer, tweeted, citing anonymous law enforcement sources.
The New York Giants released a brief statement that read, “We are aware of and monitoring the situation.”
The body of Roosevelt Rene AKA Trypps Beatz was found on the property that Janoris Jenkins owns in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed early on that the victim was a man but was not the owner of the home, according to TMZ. Janoris Jenkins appears to be acquainted with Rene, described as a family friend, through the hip-hop industry; off the football field, Janoris is known as a hip-hop artist named “Rabbit,” and Rene was a music producer.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Strangulation or Suffocation May Be the Cause of Death & Janoris Jenkins Was Not in the State When the Body was Discovered
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.” That account was not yet confirmed by authorities, however.
Janoris Jenkins was not even in the state when the body was found at his New Jersey resident, multiple news sites reported. Dianna Russini, an ESPN journalist, wrote on Twitter that Janoris Jenkins was out of the state when the body was discovered.
“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.
Roosevelt Rene worked as a music producer, confirmed TMZ. Friends on social media said his name was Trypps Beatz in the music world, and one defended Janoris over the situation. His services included advanced mixing and mixing and mastering. NJ.com also confirmed that Rene was Trypps Beatz.
According to a profile on Trypps Beatz by House of Kings, “Trypps Beatz also is a multi-talented hip-hop producer/artist. Trypps Beatz grew up from a musical background. Both of his parents were musically inclined. His mother, Marie was a lead solo artist. His father was song writer, pianist & engineer.”
The site says that Trypps Beatz was first introduced to music at age 3 when he began playing the drums, and it adds, “This upcoming producer has a lot up his sleeve. Roosevelt ‘Trypps Beatz’ Rene was born on September 3, 1992 in Spring Valley NY. After living there for 10 years Trypps Beatz moved upstate NY.”
When he’s not on the football field, Janoris Jenkins is a hip hop artist using the name Rabbit. “When Janoris Jenkins isn’t lacing up for the New York Giants, he blazes down the studio booth,” a blog post on Jenkins’ hip hop efforts reported. “Rabbit has always loved music.”
Trypps Beatz AKA Roosevelt Rene had tagged Janoris’ music page for his alter ego “Rabbit” on Instagram. He appears to sometimes go by the handle “jackrabbit.”
Posts featuring Trypps Beatz appear on the page @jackrabbitnews.
That page defines itself as “JackRabbit Ent. Official Page @Clampz2.0.” @Clampz2.0 is the page for Janoris Jenkins.
2. A Man Claiming to Be Janoris Jenkins’ Brother May Have Taken a Flight to Florida, 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.” However, one neighbor claimed that man might really have been Roosevelt Rene. It remains unconfirmed.
However, a neighbor told The Daily Voice that it was Roosevelt Rene who was alleging to be Janoris Jenkins’ brother. “He always parked his car in front of my house and hung out after getting his cigarettes at Morlot News and Food,” the neighbor told the newspaper. “He told us he was Jenkins’s brother.”
The Daily Voice says the plane was delayed by four hours and reported that the neighbor claimed it was really Roosevelt Rene.
On Father’s Day, Jenkins posted a photo on Instagram showing him with two siblings.
Janoris Jenkins was in Florida at the time the death occurred. He repeatedly expresses the importance of family loyalty on Instagram, writing, “Keep the real ones around and eliminate the snakes 🐍, Loyalty since birth..”
Janoris Jenkins has had some trouble with the law throughout his career. In 2011, he was dismissed from the University of Florida football team, ESPN reported, after a marijuana possession arrest that was his second such offense in three months. Before that, he entered a deferred prosecution agreement after a fight and fleeing the police accusations. He has five children with four different women, a situation he has described as a “blessing.”
Jenkins’ father is named William Jenkins Sr. Janoris’ father told The New York Post he advised his son, “If you have kids by different moms, you’re gonna have negative things in life, but as the father, you got to be the man and make sure your kids don’t get caught up in all that. Take care of your kids. They are first and foremost in your life.”
3. Jenkins’ Family Members Were Staying at the Home, 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.” On Facebook, Janoris wrote, “Loyalty Respect Family.”
It’s not yet clear which family members were at the residence. 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.
According to an old profile story in the Sun Sentinel on him, Jenkins’ mother is named Denise Dent. He also had a mentor, Sandy Cornelio, growing up.
4. The Body Was Discovered 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,” the entertainment site reported. However, both law enforcement and the coroner responded, according to TMZ.
Janoris wrote on Instagram previously, “I think getting kick out of Florida and sending me to UNA helped me grow as a person, humbled me, taught me life don’t owe nobody shit, and taught me how to fight they rough times.”
5. Police Were Alerted to the Death by a 911 Call
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.
According to an old profile story in the Sun Sentinel on him, Jenkins mother is named Denise Dent. He also had a mentor, Sandy Cornelio, growing up.
When his son was caught with marijuana, William Jenkins Sr., his dad, said to Jacksonville.com, “Janoris made a mistake. The mistake was Janoris, getting caught up in that foolishness. They got a job to do, a program to run, and I take my hat off to them for letting him know, ‘You’re not above the law.’”
When he’s not on the football field, Janoris Jenkins is a hip hop artist using the name Rabbit.
Source: Heavy Sports