Remembering Kenneka Jenkins One Year After She Was Found Dead In A Walk-In Freezer In A Chicago Hotel

September 10, 2018  |  

The death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins last year was both sad and puzzling. The teen was found in a walk-in freezer in the hotel of the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center and no one seemed to know how she ended up there, from the friends she was partying with just hours before to hotel staff and security.

On the one-year anniversary of her passing, HelloBeautiful takes a look at the conspiracy theories surrounding Kenneka’s mysterious death; the timeline of events leading up to her body being found and the aftermath of the investigation, and the unrest that still plagues this young woman’s family and community.

“Here we plan to honor the life of a young woman with so much promise—a life ultimately cut short,” the site writes. “The questions of what would have been are not for us to ponder or answer. Her family’s pain still rattles with the knowledge that the medical examiner’s conclusion gave no offering into their despair. Here we honor her as a young Black woman whose death reverberated through her community and through the nation. For Black women especially, it was a reminder of youthful nights that could have culminated in a dark outcome. Of evenings where one decision that we made or was made for us, swayed the timelines of our lives. Kenneka Jenkins is you. Kenneka Jenkins is all of us.”

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