VIDEO/PHOTOS: Murder/suicide victim described as dedicated to helpless

Naples police and SWAT units responded to a murder and attempted suicide early Tuesday morning at Migun of Naples in the Gateway Plaza, just north of Coastland Center Mall off of U.S. 41.  Naples Police tactical units used a percussion grenade before entering the building to find Todd Jenkins dead and Tracy Jenkins suffering from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.  She was taken to the Naples High School athletic field and was med flighted to a trauma center.  Michel Fortier/Staff

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Naples police and SWAT units responded to a murder and attempted suicide early Tuesday morning at Migun of Naples in the Gateway Plaza, just north of Coastland Center Mall off of U.S. 41. Naples Police tactical units used a percussion grenade before entering the building to find Todd Jenkins dead and Tracy Jenkins suffering from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. She was taken to the Naples High School athletic field and was med flighted to a trauma center. Michel Fortier/Staff

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Todd Jenkins screen shot from YouTube

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— Todd Jenkins dedicated his life to helping the helpless.

From nagging aches and pains to life-threatening cancer, Jenkins, 44, provided hope to people who, in some cases, had lost it.

Born in Missouri, Jenkins was a shaman, natural healer and businessman who owned the alternative medicine center, Migun of Naples, at 2164 U.S. 41 N., in the Gateway Plaza shopping center, said his brother, Brien Jenkins of Bonita Springs.

“He did a lot of good,” Brien Jenkins said. “He was a spiritual person. He was very organically oriented, didn’t pollute his body in any way — no drugs, no alcohol, attended church regularly.”

Jenkins was killed early Tuesday in what Naples police are calling a murder-suicide. Police suspect that Jenkins’ wife, Tracy J. Jenkins, 47, shot and killed him around 1:30 a.m. inside Migun before turning the gun on herself.

Brien Jenkins was notified of his brother’s death around 4 a.m. by Lee County sheriff’s deputies. He called it a “complete surprise.”

“He’s my brother, man. He didn’t deserve to go this soon or in that manner,” Brien Jenkins said.

News of the shooting spread through the Gateway Shopping Plaza as businesses opened Tuesday.

Kathleen Trotter with Naples Family Dentistry, a few doors down from Migun, described Todd and Tracy Jenkins as a loving couple who seemed meant to be together.

“You would never ever think anything was wrong at all,” Trotter said. “It’s totally a shock.”

Early Tuesday, Naples police were called to Migun by a “concerned person,” according to reports.

When police responded to the scene, they saw a woman, believed to be Tracy Jenkins, standing in front of the business. She then retreated to the back of the business.

“That’s when we heard two gunshots,” Naples police spokesman Michael Herman said.

A two-hour standoff ensued. More than a half dozen police cruisers responded to the shopping center, surrounding it and waiting for the Naples SWAT team to arrive.

Just after 1:34 a.m., two officers dressed in tactical clothing and holding assault rifles ran across the parking lot, positioning along a wall at one side of the store. Another team of five SWAT members took up a position at the rear entrance of the business.

At 1:46 a.m., the team in front broke through a window and threw in a grenade-like, non-lethal device known as a flashbang, which emits a loud bang and a bright light to disorient anyone nearby. As the flashbang erupted, the team in the rear burst in and secured the business.

Police found Todd Jenkins dead of a gunshot wound inside. Tracy Jenkins, who was also shot, died on the way to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.

A small caliber handgun was found at the scene, though Herman said he didn’t know where it was located in relation to Todd and Tracy Jenkins.

Herman said he wasn’t aware of a suicide note.

“Initial investigation appears to be that she shot him and then herself,” Herman said.

Todd Jenkins’ ex-wife, Anita Jenkins, confirmed that he had been killed.

“Apparently his wife shot him,” Anita Jenkins said when reached at her home around 2:30 a.m. “He is passed.”

Brien Jenkins said that his brother opened Migun a few years ago, offering an array of massage and detoxification products.

“Migun is Korean for ‘beautiful health.’ So, this is the Beautiful Health Center of Naples,” Jenkins said in a video on YouTube about his business. “What we have here is a relaxation, detoxification, de-stressing natural health zone.”

Todd Jenkins met Tracy Jenkins a couple of years ago, while she worked at an organic foods store, Brien Jenkins said. Court records indicate that they were married in June 2008. A former neighbor said Tracy Jenkins was divorced not long before.

Attempts to reach her family members for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday.

“They fell deeply in love and got married pretty quick,” Brien Jenkins said.

Brien Jenkins described Tracy, his sister-in-law, as nice and loving. He said he knew of no problems between them.

“There’s no rhyme or reason for it,” Brien Jenkins said. “It’s crazy.”

Todd Jenkins moved to Florida with his former wife, who attended graduate school at the University of Florida, and then moved to Collier County for business, said Brien Jenkins, who followed his brother to Southwest Florida in 1999. Besides alternative medicine, Todd Jenkins enjoyed music, fishing and spending time with his two sons, ages 8 and 10.

“He was a very friendly person, loving,” Brien Jenkins said of his brother. “He just loved his boys. Took them to the beach whenever he could.”

The incident was definitely out of the blue, said Food & Thought Organic Market and Restaurant owner Frank Oakes, who knew the couple.

“I literally heard it on the news coming in,” Oakes said at the market Tuesday morning, adding that he had just talked with Todd on Monday. “I just could not believe it … really incredible.”

Oakes said Todd was an easygoing guy who would regularly pop in to the market — located a few doors down from Migun — for a sandwich or coffee. He described Tracy as having an effervescent personality, and said that both were well-liked.

He knew Todd for four to five years and Tracy for roughly 15 years, first as a customer at Oakes Farm Market and later as a one-time employee at Food & Thought.

Oakes said he knew that the couple had a quick courtship, but that a shooting was the last thing anyone would have connected to the couple.

“Certainly If anything, you would think the opposite,” Oakes said. “They’re very peaceful kind of people.”

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Todd Jenkins dedicated his life to helping the helpless.

Born in Missouri, Jenkins was a shaman and a natural healer working with alternative medicines, said his brother, Brien Jenkins of Bonita Springs.

"He did a lot of good," Brien Jenkins said. "He was a spiritual person. He was very organically oriented, didn’t pollute his body in any way — no drugs, no alcohol, attended church regularly."

Jenkins was killed early Tuesday in a murder-suicide. Police suspect that Jenkins’ wife, Tracy Jenkins, shot and killed him around 1:30 a.m. inside his alternative medicine center, Migun of Naples, 2164 U.S. 41 N., in the Gateway Plaza shopping center.

Naples police spokesman Michael Herman said that when police responded to the scene, they saw a white woman, believed to be Tracy Jenkins, standing in front of the business. She then retreated to the back of the business.

"That’s when we heard two gunshots," Herman said.

Police were called to the scene by a "concerned person," reports said. After a two-hour standoff, Naples police’s SWAT team stormed the business and found Todd Jenkins dead of a gunshot wound inside. Tracy Jenkins, who was also shot, died on the way to Lee Memorial Hospital.

A small caliber handgun was found at the scene, though Herman said he didn’t know where it was located in relation to Todd and Tracy Jenkins. Herman said he was not aware of a suicide note.

"Initial investigation appears to be that she shot him and then herself," Herman said. "It’s still being investigated, and we won’t know for sure until the medical examiner completes his investigation."

Brien Jenkins said he was notified of his brother’s death around 4 a.m. by Lee County sheriff’s deputies. He called it a "complete surprise."

"He’s my brother, man. He didn’t deserve to go this soon or in that manner," Brien Jenkins said.

Brien Jenkins said his brother met Tracy Jenkins a couple of years ago, while she worked at an organic foods store. Court records indicate that they were married in June 2008.

"They fell deeply in love and got married pretty quick," Brien Jenkins said.

Brien Jenkins described Tracy, his sister-in-law, as very nice and loving. He said he knew of no problems between them.

"There’s no rhyme or reason for it," Brien Jenkins said. "It’s crazy."

Todd Jenkins moved to Florida with his former wife, who attended graduate school at the University of Florida, and then moved to Collier County for business, said Brien Jenkins, who followed his brother to Southwest Florida in 1999. Besides alternative medicine, Todd Jenkins enjoyed music, fishing and spending time with is two sons, ages 8 and 10.

"He was a very friendly person, loving," Brien Jenkins said of his brother. "He just loved his boys. Took them to the beach whenever he could."

News of the shooting spread through the Gateway Shopping Plaza, as businesses opened for the day.

Disbelief colored Kathleen Trotter’s face as she learned that it hadn’t been a robbery that claimed Todd Jenkins’ life.

“I have to sit down,” said Trotter with Naples Family Dentistry, a few doors down from Migun.

Trotter described Todd and Tracy Jenkins as a loving couple who seemed meant to be together.

“I see him everyday. He was a wonderful person,” said Trotter. “He was very laid back, loving, an earthy kind of person and his wife the same thing.”

Although Trotter said she didn’t know how the store might have been doing, she thought the couple was going as strong as ever.

“You would never ever think anything was wrong at all,” said Trotter. “It’s totally a shock.”

The incident was definitely out of the blue, said Food & Thought Organic Market and Restaurant owner Frank Oakes who knew the couple.

“I literally heard it on the news coming in,” said Oakes at the market this morning, adding that he had just talked with Todd on Monday. “I just could not believe it… really incredible.”

Todd, Oakes said was an easy going guy who would regularly pop in to the market- located just a few doors down from Migun- for a sandwich or coffee.

He described Tracy as having an effervescent personality, and that both were well liked people.

Oakes said he knew that the couple had a quick courtship, but that a shooting was the last thing anyone would have connected to the couple.

“Certainly If anything, you would think the opposite… they’re very peaceful kind of people,” said Oakes who knew Todd for about four to five years and Tracy for roughly 15 years, first as a customer at Oakes Farm Market and later as an employee at Food & Thought for a time.

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The second person in what is believed a murder/suicide has also died.

According to Naples Police officials- who did not identify Tracy Jenkins by name- she was transported by med-flight to Lee Memorial Hospital but later died.

In a written statement, Naples Police spokesman Officer Michael Herman said that at this time there is no suspect being sought by the Naples police department.

“It is believed the deaths are a result of a murder/suicide situation,” said Herman in the statement. “Final determination will be made upon completion of the Medical Examiner's investigation.”

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An alleged murder and attempted suicide occurred early Tuesday at a Naples business, the former wife of the deceased said police told her.

The incident led to a more than two-hour standoff that ended with a Naples Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics unit storming the business.

Anita Jenkins said police told her they suspected Todd E. Jenkins, 44, of Naples, was shot and killed by his wife, Tracy J. Jenkins, 47, who then turned a gun on herself.

"Apparently his wife shot him," Anita Jenkins said when reached at her home around 2:30 a.m. "He is passed."

Before midnight, police responded to the alternative health center Migun of Naples at 2164 Tamiami Trail North in the Gateway Plaza shopping center.

Radio reports suggested police heard shots being fired from inside the business after they arrived. A standoff ensued.

More than a half dozen police cruisers responded to the shopping center, surrounding it and waiting for SWAT to arrive.

Just after 1:34 a.m., two officers dressed in tactical clothing and holding assault rifles ran across the parking lot, positioning along a wall at one side of the store. Another team of five SWAT members took up a position at the rear entrance of the business.

At 1:46 a.m., the team in front broke through a window and threw in a grenade-like, non-lethal device known as a flashbang, which emits a loud bang and a bright light to disorient anyone nearby. As the flashbang erupted, the team in the rear burst in and secured the business.

An ambulance that had been on standby for the duration of the standoff moved in, loading and transporting a victim to nearby Naples High School at 1:56 a.m., where the victim was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital at 2:20 a.m.

When called for patient information, the Lee Memorial Hospital Emergency Room said they had admitted no one by the name of Tracy Jenkins.

Todd Jenkins was a father, Anita Jenkins said. His business offered an array of massage therapies and products intended to rejuvenate the body.

"Migun is Korean for 'beautiful health.' So, this is the Beautiful Health Center of Naples," Jenkins said in a video on YouTube about his business. "What we have here is a relaxation, detoxification, de-stressing natural health zone."

__ Staff writers Matt Clark, David Albers, Elysa Batista and Ryan Mills contributed to this report.

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