Person-of-interest in death of Jenkins released

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 19:44:17-04

The man authorities had in custody as a person-of-interest in the death of Za’Layia Jenkins has been released without charges, according to a Milwaukee Police Department spokesperson.

"No charges were issued against ... at this time by the DA’s Office.  He is not in MPD’s custody or the Sheriff so it appears that he has been released," officials tell TODAY's TMJ4.

As previously reported by TODAY’S TMJ4, Za'layia Jenkins would have just celebrated her 10th birthday May 17, if she wasn't hit by a stray bullet only days earlier.

Jenkins was sitting in her living room watching TV on the 1500 block of Meinecke Avenue in Milwaukee with her 2-year-old cousin when police say a shootout between two groups started right outside her house.

A bullet flew through the living room, and struck Jenkins in the head. She was later declared brain dead.

The FBI needs your help bringing to justice those who are responsible for Jenkins' death. They're sponsoring a new billboard campaign to try to bring in new leads.

$40,000 will be given to anyone who can provide information to authorities leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of nine-year-old Jenkins.

The FBI, who is assisting the Milwaukee Police Department, is offering a $15,000 reward, and Milwaukee attorney Michael Hupy is offering an additional $25,000 reward, for a grand total of $40,000.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360, or 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5342).