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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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Alachua County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man shot and killed on Southwest Williston Road on Friday.

Devonte Demetrius Jenkins, 24, was found Thursday night dead near the intersection of Southwest Williston Road and Southwest 34th Street by ACSO deputies who responded just before midnight after getting a call reporting gunshots, ACSO Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer said in a press conference.

Jenkins, of Citra, Florida, had no forms of identification on his person, so officials used his fingerprints to identify him, Rhodenizer said. His fingerprints were taken in 2012 after he was arrested for violating a no-contact order in Marion County, according to court records.

K-9 and Joint Aviation units were not able to locate any suspects after the shooting, Rhodenizer said.

Rhodenizer said Jenkins and his killer or killers arrived at the scene by car, but deputies don’t know if they drove in the same car. He said the shooting took place there, and then one car left, with the suspect or suspects.

How many times Jenkins was shot and with what type of gun is part of the continuing investigation, Rhodenizer said.

There is no clear motive for his death, but it is being treated as a homicide, Rhodenizer said.

“We don’t know why Devonte is dead,” Rhodenizer said. “We want the public to help us find out who did this to Devonte’s mother’s son.”

Deputies ask that anyone with information call Detective Chris Weitzel at 352-367-4161. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867.

Contact Robert Lewis at rlewis@alligator.org. Follow him at @lewis_robert. 

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