Curtis Jenkins III, the 20-year-old grandson of Camden City Council President Curtis Jenkins, Sr., was found dead late last night in an abandoned garage, two days after he was kidnapped.
The grandfather told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his son received a photograph of Jenkins III tied up, but never heard from the kidnapper again.
The Camden County Metro Police have announced that Brandon Beverly, 32, is being held on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges, multiple news outlets have reported.
“I am appalled by the news of the senseless murder of Curtis Jenkins III, a young man who was continuing his family’s tradition of bringing positive change to Camden,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement today. “Tammy and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Jenkins family – including his grandfather, City Council President Curtis Jenkins, Sr – and everyone who knew and loved him. I encourage anyone with information into this horrible crime to contact the Camden County Police Department. And, I recommit our administration’s efforts to helping move the entire City of Camden forward.”
Jenkins, Sr., a councilman since 2005, is the business manager for Laborers International Local 222 and vice president of the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and Southern New Jersey Building Laborers District Council.