GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Glens Falls Police arrested 49-year-old Kevin Chapman from Ilion, New York, Saturday morning in connection with the death of Kevin Jenks, which is now being ruled a homicide.
Chapman has been arrested and arraigned on the charges of Murder 2nd and Burglary 1st.
Warren County DA Kate Hogan says Chapman was arraigned Saturday morning and transported to the Warren County Jail without bail. He will be back in court on Tuesday.
Online corrections records show that Chapman was convicted of burglary in Herkimer County in 2012, leading to a sentence of one to three years.
It is now becoming clear, that Jenks had an impact on each and every person he met.
“I’m going to miss him,” said Stephanie Willette, a close friend and colleague of Jenks’. “I just can’t believe that he is not going to be in my life anymore. I just can’t believe that.”
According to his obituary, Jenks loved to travel with his daughter and grandchildren, in particular to Boston and his second home in Orlando.
The past few days have been difficult for Willette.
“I was just blown away to think that he was gone, he’s gone,” she said.
When Willette first learned that Jenks had died, she heard it was from a heart attack, and then she learned that police are calling his death a homicide.
“It’s even worse, cause I’m just angry that somebody chose to take him away from his friends and his family,” said Willette. “You know it’s jut not fair.”
Jenks started working at the medical company C.R. Bard in Queensbury in 2002. Willette met him shortly after.
“You couldn’t help but like him, I mean he just was that kind of guy,” said Willette.
That feeling is shared by Tyrae Mcintosh.
“He would give you the clothes off his back if you didn’t have any,” said Mcintosh. “He would give you a bed if you didn’t have one. He was just all-around amazing.”
Willette says Jenks was having a rough time the past few weeks, after losing six friends in the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Now Willette is dealing with Jenks’ own death.
“In no way, shape or manner did he deserve this,” she said.
Willette says in the end, she hopes to get justice.
“I know it doesn’t bring him back, but he should pay for what he did for taking this wonderful man away from everybody.”
Jenks leaves behind his daughter, grandchildren, sisters, and a brother.
Funeral Services and calling hours will be held next week.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing. New York State Police and Hudson Falls Police are assisting Glens Falls Police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Glens Falls Police Department at 761-3840.