On Sept. 1, Michael A. Jenkins Jr. led a motorcycle funeral procession from True Bethel Baptist Church to Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga to bury a friend.
After a funeral reception at the church, Jenkins went to the auto repair shop he worked on East Ferry Street and was fatally shot multiple times by a lone gunman who entered the garage, according to police and those familiar with the shooting.
On Friday, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that James Robbs, 36, of Buffalo, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with one count of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in Jenkins' killing. Robbs was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case and was being held without bail. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.
Jenkins, a father of nine, grew up in Buffalo. He went to Hamlin Park School and Bennett High School, and he earned his general equivalency diploma, according to information provided at his funeral.
He also was a member of the M.V.P. organization of Buffalo and Buffalo SNUG, a violence prevention program.