A Chicago activist claims to have seen surveillance footage of Kenneka Jenkins in the hours before her mysterious death. She was later found dead inside a hotel’s industrial, walk-in freezer, sparking concern and conspiracies that there was foul play.
Andrew Holmes told the Chicago Tribune that detectives in Rosemont, where the hotel is located, let him watch the footage on Wednesday.
“We all was wondering and wanted to know, did anybody pull her down there?” Holmes told media on Thursday. “Did anybody force her down there? Was anybody on the other side in that room when she got down there? And the answer to that is 'no.'”
Nineteen-year-old Jenkins was last seen Friday before heading to the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois for a party on the ninth floor. Her body was found on Saturday.
Holmes said a surveillance video shows the woman waiting in the lobby of the hotel for her friends. He said that the video showed a disoriented Jenkins taking an elevator down to a lower level, wandering around and opening doors.
'It was just an accident waiting to happen,' Holmes said.
A medical examiner’s office carried out an autopsy on Sunday afternoon, but no cause of death has been identified as of this time. Police told Jenkin’s mother Tereasa Martin, according to her own account, that Jenkins likely entered the freezer by herself while inebriated. Martin, and other family members, aren’t really buying that theory.
"I believe someone in this hotel killed my child," Martin previously told WGNTV.
Martin said that Holmes had not been appointed to represent her family in this case, according to Newsweek. She also reportedly said that the information that Holmes gave at the press conference was false.
In a Facebook Live video posted on Thursday, Martin said that Holmes called her and asked her to do something about the protesters around the hotel, because it is costing the hotel money.
Multiple Facebook videos captured Jenkins and her friends partying in the hotel. One video, in particular, has gone viral.
It appears to show Jenkins sitting on a bed in a hotel room, surrounded by others. She is visible in the reflection of the sunglasses sported by the woman filming the video. A lot of people have also been playing amateur detective, following potential clues in social media posts and videos, and coming up with theories on her tragic death.
Holmes dismissed those theories, saying they are “'just something they made up on social media.”