The Kenneka Jenkins Case: 7 Things To Know

For people who are just seeing the #Justice4Kenneka hashtags on Twitter and Facebook and wondering what it is all about, this will help you know what we are clamoring for. I saw this post initially on AJC.com and decided to repost it here.

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Nineteen-year-old Kenneka Jenkins left her home for a party Sept. 8, according to the Chicago Tribune. After her mother, Teresa Martin demanded hotel staff search for her daughter, Jenkins body was found in the hotel freezer of Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Here is everything we know so far about the tragic death of Kenneka Jenkins.

1. Police believe Kenneka walked herself into the freezer where her body was found the morning of Sept. 10.

Kenneka Jenkins was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Sunday. Police informed Martin and other family members after 1 a.m. Sunday, that Kenneka’s body was found in a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza, according to the Tribune. Police told Martin that her daughter was inebriated and likely stumbled into the freezer, which was not being used to store food, on her own.

“There is some construction activity where a new restaurant is being built, and (she was found) in that vicinity,” Gary Mack, spokesman for the village of Rosemont, told the Tribune. “This is not an area where anyone would typically be who was a guest in the hotel.”

2. The freezer was equipped with an exit button.

According to an Associated Press report, an exit button inside the freezer was supposed to let people open the door if it shut behind them, but authorities found it sometimes faulty.

3. Her mother had been searching for her daughter since early Saturday morning.

Kenneka Jenkins left her house around 11:30 p.m. Friday for a bowling party, according to what she told her mother. Jenkins friends called Teresa Martin around 4 a.m. Sept. 9, to report they had not been able to locate Jenkins. The friends left with Jenkins phone and in the car, Martin lent her daughter for the night.

Martin said she headed to the hotel to search for her daughter at 5 a.m. Saturday, but without a missing person report, hotel staff refused to search for Jenkins. It wasn’t until around 3 or 4 p.m. police began reviewing video footage that led to discovering Jenkins. Martin and her family visited the hotel three times Saturday to find her.

4. Her friends’ story about her going missing changed “over and over.”

Jenkins’ friends told Martin that, when they were attempting to leave the party, they realized that Jenkins left her car keys in the hotel party room. Jenkins two friends said she waited in the hallway while they went to the room to retrieve her things. Once the friends came back to the hallway, Jenkins had vanished. Martin has publicly challenged the friends’ accounts, noting that their “stories changed over and over.”

5. Her mother Teresa Martin is contesting the police report that Kenneka walked herself into the freezer.

Martin has questioned the validity of the police’s conclusion on her daughter’s death. If her daughter was drunk, she said, she would have had a hard time opening the freezer door on her own.

“Those were double steel doors, she didn’t just pop them open,” Martin said.

 

Read the full post on ajc.com

If one thing, this story teaches us, is that we can never truly trust our friends and that the heart of man is desperately evil.

Libs of ORC

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