• Ivan Flores

Public Funeral Date Set for Kenneka Jenkins This Weekend

A funeral service has been tentatively scheduled on September 30 for Kenneka Jenkins, the 19-year-old woman whose body was found in a walk-in freezer. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, announced the date during a Facebook Live video to accommodate more supporters that would wish to come. Where the funeral will be held is yet to be announced.

Jenkins, a Chicago resident, went to a party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Friday, September 8 with a group of friends but was reported missing overnight. Jenkins’ body was found about a day later, and police have told her family members that Jenkins caused her own death by getting trapped inside a walk-in freezer.

Jenkins’ death drew national attention with social media conspiracy theories circulating within the past few weeks about an alleged coverup in Jenkins’ death, and the Rosemont Police Department being the focus of criticisms. Local Chicago activists have reached for the FBI to investigate the Rosemont Police Department’s handling of the case.

According to CBS Chicago, a spokesperson for the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the hotel where Jenkins’ body was found, claims there is no evidence of her walking inside the freezer. Reason for that, there was no video camera trained on the freezer in the kitchen of the hotel.

So far, the Rosemont Police Department has released nine video clips showing Jenkins walking throughout the hotel in the hours before her death. In the clips, she can be seen walking unsteadily through the hotel’s kitchen before disappearing around a corner, though none of the released footage show her entering the freezer.

On September 19, friends and family members held another demonstration outside the hotel. "I want to see her literally, actually walking into this freezer," Martin told CBS Chicago. Family attorneys have questioned the effectiveness of hotel officials in helping Jenkins or her family once Jenkins' disappearance was reported.

“Despite request for all evidence, we have only been provided snippets of video, none of which shows Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer," quoted WGN News by an attorney representing Jenkins' family. "Serious questions remain as to how she ended up in a Crowne Plaza Hotel freezer and why it took a day and a half for the hotel to find Kenneka."

Jenkins’ autopsy and toxicology results are still pending. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Rosemont Police Department have announced the case as a death investigation and currently a top priority.

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