Kenneka Jenkins’ death is becoming a huge mystery. The Chicago teenager who had gone to a party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Friday night was found dead in a walk-in freezer. 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.
Some of the social media sleuths who watched the video repeatedly were able to find the 19-year old girl in one of the videos and decipher that she was yelling for help. They also concluded that someone in the hotel room had raised the volume of the music so high that her voice became barely audible.
Some people went to the extent of breaking down the videos in still frames. It was a difficult task, but they did, trying to prove that Kenneka Jenkins was present in the room and was probably sexually abused, then strangulated and dumped in the hotel’s freezer.
Her mother, who has been standing tall amid the trauma of facing a young daughter’s death, has contested police theory and has been claiming from the day one that there was foul play involved in her death.
Meanwhile reports suggest that Rosemont police have started interviewing witnesses and have been trying to identify and get the contact information for the people who were at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Friday night for a birthday party on the ninth floor.
Kenneka, who left for the party at around 11:30 p.m, was reported missing by her friends at around 4:30 a.m. They called her mother and said that they are unable to find her. Her mother was at the hotel within half an hour asking the hotel management to search for her and watch the video footage from short circuit cameras.
Media quoted Police spokesman Gary Mack as saying that detectives have been reviewing Facebook videos posted the night of the party to identify the people who were with the 19-year-old girl. He went on to add that police detectives are trying their best to track down everyone who may have attended a hotel party a few hours before the girl disappeared and ended up in an industrial freezer.
The police officer said, “It’s a very long and painstaking process”. Reports suggest that the one video that has specially attracted the attention of the police officials is a Facebook Live video that appeared to show Kenneka in the hotel room. In the footage, a woman wearing mirrored sunglasses is seen talking to the camera. The opposite side of the room is reflected in her shades and shows a woman who looks like Kenneka sitting on a bed.
To be true, these are the aspects that have been talked about by her friends on social media. One of her friends Monifah Shelton has expressed her doubt about her friend entering in a walk in freezer on her own. She and Jenkins were friends since their childhood. In one of her posts she says,” Can y’all please leave me alone bro we been bestfriend since 3rd grade we did everything together literally everything we use to call ourself the nene twins 🤞🏾👭 we slept together ate together broke bread together that was my ace 💔😪it hurting me I never thought I was be doin this we suppose to be takin trips we had shit planned out I’m so sorry g 🤦🏽♀️ we sisters for life”.
Her posts have been shared by tens of thousands of people. In an earlier post she says: “Please come home g this shit so bogus I was drunk not lookin out for u that’s where I fucked up at I should of turn around I should of did something but I thought u was behind me g it’s hurting me bro knowing I didn’t have u like I suppose to had u it’s my fault I’m so sorry g please come home please be safe god please let her be okay Kenneka.”
In one Facebook post the 20-year old woman says, “Please god let her be okay 🙏🏾 she don’t deserve to be goin thru this 😪,” she wrote further. And: “u got me out here finna lose my mind I’m praying 🙏🏾 so hard kenneka.” And: “Bro I don’t give no fuck what nobody sayin I love u more then anything I will never hurt chu man 💔😪 come home please kenneka I never felt like this before you got me sick I Kno everybody gone talk but it don’t even matter just pop up come home 🙏🏾god please let her return home safe amen.”