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The unfortunate circumstances surrounding the New York Giants’ Janoris Jenkins and the death of Roosevelt Rene have continued to develop.

One day after a dead body was found in Janoris Jenkins’ New Jersey home, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office charged the brother of the New York Giants cornerback with aggravated manslaughter.

Per TMZ, William Jenkins, 34, had been arrested in Ontario County, New York on an unrelated parole warrant issue and had previously been labeled a person of interest in the investigation. TMZ was also the first to break the story about the body in Jenkins’ basement, who has since been identified as Roosevelt Rene, a music producer who went by the name Trypps Beatz. The body was reportedly discovered by a worker at the home. Rene, 25, has been labeled a “family friend” of the Jenkins family who had been living at the home, located in Fair Lawn, NJ.


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According to Taylor Tiamoyo Harris and Noah Cohen of NJ Advance Media, Janoris Jenkins purchased the house in 2016. Neighbors were understandably shocked by the recent news, reporting that they had no issue with either Janoris or his brother, who likewise lived in the house.

Janoris Jenkins, who is set to begin his third season with the Giants this September, was in Florida at the time of the discovery, where he has been vacationing since the Giants wrapped up mandatory minicamp on June 13. ESPN’s Josina Anderson has reported that Jenkins is aware of the situation, and described him as “good”, “okay”, and “waiting for the legal process to play out”.

Jenkins’ attorneys have advised him to stay in Florida. Another ESPN correspondent, Dianna Russini, has said that the Giants have been in contact with Janoris and that the family is aware of William’s arrest.

“Janoris wanted to get back to New Jersey but the New York Giants and the attorneys have told him to stay in Florida at this point as police continue to investigate,” Russini added, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

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