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Kenneka Martin also known as Kenneka Jenkins was a resident of Chicago, Illinois ​. [2] [12] [10] [7]

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Kenneka Jenkins

Personal Life

Jenkins was the daughter of Teresa Martin ​. [10] [12] [7] ​ She attended Voise Academy High School ​. [2]

Death

On September 10, 2017, Jenkins was found dead in a walk-in freezer at a Crowne Plaza Hotel ​ in Rosemont, Illinois ​ where she had gone for a party with friends and had been missing for a day. [9] [7] [12]

She was discovered after an hours long search and was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Sunday morning. [10] [9] [12]

Jenkins left her house in the 2100 block of West Warren Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Friday September 8, 2017, to attend a party with friends in a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont. [12] [10] [9]

Witnesses stated they seen Jenkins at a party on the ninth floor of the hotel. Teresa Martin said her daughter's friends called her after 4 a.m. Saturday to say they had lost track of Jenkins in the hotel and left after they were unable to find her. [12] [10] [9]

The friends stated they were in the car Teresa had lent her daughter for the night and they had Jenkins' cellphone. [12] [10] [9]

Teresa headed to the hotel at around 5:00 a.m. Saturday to try to find her daughter. Hotel staff told her they needed a missing persons report from police before they could start reviewing surveillance video of the premises. [12] [10] [7]

Teresa then called the Rosemont Police Department and was told to wait a few hours before filing the report to see if Jenkins turned up. [12] [10] [9]

Investigation Updates

Her death is under investigation by Rosemont police. [12] [10] [9] ​ Her friends on social media have accused her friend, Monifah Shelton ​, of setting her up. [14] ​​ [18]

An autopsy ​ on September 10, 2017, failed to determine a cause of death for Kenneka, and the medical examiner's office stated it was awaiting toxicology ​ tests and further investigation by police. [15] [16] [17]

Rosemont police have released few details, citing an open investigation. Teresa Martin ​ stated authorities told her the freezer, though in a vacant part of the hotel complex, was functioning and cold. It’s unclear who found Kenneka’s body, however, or whether there were signs of trauma . [15] [16] [17]

Detectives are looking at video and other social media ​ posts made by Monifah Shelton ​ and Irene Roberts ​, as they try to piece together exactly what happened at the hotel. [18] [17]

On September 12, 2017, another Facebook Live video initially uploaded by Ty Roland, shows more people at the hotel party Kenneka attended.

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Kenneka walking to the freezer alone

On September 13, 2017, police stated that they are conducting an active death investigation and detectives have been in daily contact with Teresa Martin ​.

They have also interviewed 12 people who were involved in some way and are analyzing video from 47 hotel cameras. [20] [19]

Andrew Holmes, a local community activist also stated that detectives showed him surveillance video ​that shows Kenneka entering a walk-in freezer alone in a disoriented manner. [19] [20]

On September 15, 2017, authorities released surveillance video of Kenneka walking in a disoriented manner before she was found dead. [21] [23]

The videos show Kenneka was alone during her final moments alive. Rosemont police stated that  the hotel room used for the party was booked by two people using a stolen identity and a fraudulent credit card. [23]

On September 16, 2017, friends and family of Kenneka marched to the Federal Bureau of Investigation ​ offices in Chicago to demand a federal investigation into her death. [24]

On October 20, 2017, the Rosemont Police Department closed the case of Kenneka Martin's death. [50] ​ Photos of her body when she was discovered deceased were also released. [30] [31]

Funeral

Kenneka's mother announced via Facebook Live that her daughter's funeral is set for Saturday September 30, 2017. [25]

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