Family seeks justice for Uber driver gunned down in Detroit
The family of an Uber driver who was gunned down on the job earlier this year in Detroit is seeking justice and help in finding his killers.
DaJuan Jenkins, 24, was killed on at 7:40 p.m. Feb. 4 on the 15000 block of Coyle between Fenkell and Chalfonte on the city's west side.
After hanging out with friends earlier in the day, Jenkins left them around 3 p.m. to go drive for Uber. He received a call for a pickup at the Coyle location that evening. When he arrived, a dark-colored pick-up truck pulled in front of his car, facing him with the high beams on.
Jenkins was ambushed and robbed of his phone and cash by two unknown suspects after exiting the car. He was shot multiple times and declared dead at the scene, according to Detroit police.
Several members of Jenkins’ family members spoke Thursday at a press conference hosted by Crime Stoppers of Michigan.
Jenkins, a Detroit native, loved cooking and that passion led him to enroll in the culinary arts program at Dorsey Schools and graduate in 2017. He worked for a time as a chef at the MGM Casino and had several other jobs, including working for the Belleville Greenhouse and as a vendor with the Detroit Tigers, according to his mother, Josephine White.
She also spoke of her son’s work ethic and goals for the future.
“They didn’t have to do this to my son,” White said. “All my son wanted to do was just open up his own restaurant and teach people how to cook and finish his house.”
She said her goal now is to finish the house that Jenkins was fixing up.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest in Jenkins’ killing. If a tip leading to an arrest is made by midnight, $1,000 will be added to the reward, making it $3,500.
“For them to do my brother like that, it don’t sit well with me,” said Jerrod Deburry, Jenkins’ brother. “At the end of the day, I just feel like my brother was set up. I know he was.”
Jenkins’ uncle, James White, agrees the shooting wasn’t random. He said he believes detectives are looking into the person who requested the Uber ride.
“We know it’s somebody that knows him, we just don’t know who they are," he said. "But we do know someone out there does know who they are.”
Jenkins’ aunt, Sharon Dawkins, recalled his dreams of having a cooking show and opening up a soul food restaurant with the family. She said that if anyone knows something about her nephew’s death, they should say something.
“Detroit needs a change,” Dawkins said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses and finish work on Jenkins’ house.
Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-SPEAK-UP or online at www.1800speakup.org.