A Delaware woman was recently charged in the shooting death of a Delaware State University student who was on his way to work.
According to NBC 10 News, on Friday, police announced that 46-year-old Cheryl Jennings had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Malcolm Evans, as well as possession of a firearm by a person with a past felony conviction.
Officials also said that the two didn’t have a personal connection, even though they lived in the same neighborhood, and that they are still trying to understand the motive behind the shooting.
Heavy.com reported that there has been speculation that Evans’ death was race-related, but no proof of that has materialized to the public. However, to be charged with first-degree murder means that the police believed Jennings meant to kill him, NBC 10 news noted.
“Malcolm Evans was truly an innocent victim, a young man who lived with his parents and brother, went to college, worked a job and dreamed of becoming a doctor,” said County Executive Thomas P. Gordon said at a press conference on Friday. “His death is a loss to all of us and we continue to share his family’s grief.”
Evans’ mother, Terry Evans, expressed at the conference that she is at a loss as to why someone would want to harm her child.
“Over the last six weeks, my family and friends have spent so many sleepless nights wondering who and why someone would commit such an unspeakable crime against such an amazing young man,” she said as tears fell down her face.
On July 9, while driving to his part-time job at FedEx, Evans was shot in the upper body. He lost control of his car and crashed and later died.
“This arrest by no means marks the end of our involvement or the end of this investigation. It does, however, provide some much-needed closure to the family and community. In a case like this, where there is no known association between the victim and defendant, the extraordinary efforts of our detectives as well as help from the public must be recognized and commended,” Gordon said.
Shortly after Evans’ death, his heart, liver and kidneys were transplanted to others in need.
His father told ABC Philadelphia, “[Evans] wanted to be a doctor and the way that we look at this is he saved four lives at one time.”
This is a developing story. We will provide updates as they become available.