Teen from Chicago found dead in walk-in freezer at hotel

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The devastating, untimely death of Keneeka Jenkins sent shock waves through the social media community, spawning the hashtag #JusticeForKeneeka.

Keneeka’s name trended on Twitter yesterday after the story went viral, spawning numerous citizen journalists who pieced together their own respective theories.

Here’s all we know about the tragic case so far:

1.Keneeka Jenkins left home around 11:30 pm September 9 to attend a kickback with friends at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center.

2. She was reportedly last seen by her friends in the early hours of the morning. Keneeka’s sister last spoke to her at 1:30 am around the alleged time she went missing.

3. The friends called Keneeka’s mother, Teresa Martin, around 4:30 am to inform her they couldn’t find Keneeka. Martin rushed to the hospital and asked hotel staff to see surveillance video, but was referred to police, who instructed her to wait.

4. 19-year-old Keneeka Jenkins was found dead in a walk-in freezer in a vacant area of the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center.

5. Keneeka’s friend Monifa Shelton went live on Facebook during the “kickback” that appears to show the victim in a ninth-floor room before she went missing. Keneeka can allegedly be seen in the reflection of camerawoman’s sunglasses. The video and other social media posts are being investigated by police.

6. Keneeka’s alleged voice can be heard in the background of the video.

7. One of the girls on the live Facebook video reportedly works at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center where Keneeka partied and eventually died.

8. Martin claims police told her Jenkins drunkenly stumbled into the freezer, fell asleep and died.

9. Investigators have access to surveillance footage and have been questioning witnesses, however, they have not released information about how Kenneka died or got into the freezer.

10. During a recent Facebook Live protest and press conference, the mother said, she’s been getting different stories from both the police and friends. “I’m getting a bunch of different stories from friends and police.”

11. A video of Keneeka and her friend, who was reportedly with her before she disappeared, appear in this video on Monifah Shelton’s Facebook page.

12. Citizen journalists have pieced together different theories and timelines in an attempt to solve Keneeka’s mysterious death.

Even celebs like Tami Roman have taken to social media to voice their opinions about the case.

We pray Keneeka and her family get the justice they deserve. We’ll keep you updated on all details as they come in.

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