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Body of Family Friend Found in New Jersey Home of Giants Player: Police

What to Know

  • A body was found in the New Jersey home of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and police are currently investigating it as a homicide.
  • Jenkins was not home at the time; he's believed to be in Florida. A Giants spokesman says the team is aware and monitoring.
  • Neighbors say it's a quiet area, and Jenkins has been a respectful, friendly neighbor in the time he's lived at the home.

A 25-year-old family friend was found dead inside the New Jersey home of Giants star Janoris Jenkins on Tuesday, authorities say. 

Officials say the body of 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene was found inside the Fair Lawn home at Van Saun Place. Jenkins was not home at the time, and appeared to be in Florida. 

Prosecutors say Rene, a family friend of Jenkins, was living at the home reently. It's not clear how he died but sources say police are investigating it as a homicide. 

The Giants organization says it is monitoring the situation. A message left with Jenkins was not immediately returned. 

Neighbors say Jenkins has lived there for about two years. 

"He's quiet, he's respectful, he keeps to himself," one woman said. "If you say hi to him or engage him, he'll engage you nicely. He's respectful."

Another woman said she frequently walks her dogs late at night, and never hears anything. She says it's a quiet neighborhood. 

One neighbor went on to say Jenkins has been a better neighbor than most; he would sign autographs and give out candy on Halloween to kids who rang his doorbell, that person said. 

Bruce Beck contributed to this report.

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