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Kenneka Jenkins death: 16 people being interviewed, hotel, Facebook Live videos reviewed

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CHICAGO – The mystery behind the death of 19-year old Chicago teen, Kenneka Jenkins is fast becoming a very complex one. Initially her death was said to have no foul play by the police and police detectives. But after the social media storm created by her friends and the massive public support they received, seemed to have awakened the police sleuths, finally making some headway in solving the mystery.

The young woman who had left her home to join her friends in a party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Friday night was found dead in a walk-in freezer the next day. It took hours and hours for a worried mother to get the missing person’s report registered. Hotel didn’t allow to review the footages of close circuit cameras installed there saying that first they need a missing person’s report.


While police initially said that they didn’t think of any foul play in her death, several videos including a Facebook Live video of the party became the talking point on social media. Quite a few videos have been shared by millions of people across the US, creating more questions than answers.

Now police sleuths investigating the death of Kenneka Jenkins say they have interviewed 12 people who were “involved in some way.”

There is no denying the fact that without the massive protest on social media and her mother standing her ground and claiming that her daughter’s death was not natural, tis development was not possible. After several days finally police spoke on the issue and on Wednesday released a statement on the status of their investigation. The Rosemont Public Safety Department said police are conducting “an active death investigation” and detectives have been in daily contact with Tereasa Martin, Jenkins’ mother.

Latest reports suggest that police officials are reviewing not just the video from 47 hotel cameras but also several videos of the party posted online. The party was streamed live on Facebook Live by some people who were there. The Chicago Tribune reported that police are examining a Facebook Live video that appeared to show Jenkins sitting on a hotel bed with other people in a 9th-floor room.

After trying to find people who were part of the party, police have finally located and also interviewed these 12 people as part of the ongoing investigation. Officials claim that not all, but at least eight of these people were at the hotel Friday night or early Saturday morning. The search for other people is ongoing right now.

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