Kenneka Jenkins’ mother has accused protesters of profiting off her daughter’s mysterious death.
Earlier this month, the 19-year-old was found dead in a Chicago-area hotel’s industrial walk-in freezer. She was attending a party on the ninth floor of the hotel a day and a half before her body was found.
“I’m ending y’all’s agendas that’s not righteous toward my child,” Tereasa Martin said, aiming her words at activists in a video posted to Facebook on Sunday, which you can watch below.
As reported by the Chicago Sun Times, Martin accused some organizers of collecting money from people during protests that are supposed to be calling for justice for Martin’s daughter.
But, at least one protest organizer has insisted that protesters aren’t making money from the protests. Activist Jedidiah Brown said the money raised is part of a “freedom fund,” or donations put toward food, transportation and legal fees for protesters who were arrested, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Brown added that there is a separate fund for donations to Martin, created with Martin’s blessing. Around $6,000 was reportedly raised.
“They have completely rejected our communication,” Brown said. “There’s a very deep-seated level of hurt that I feel that I know is going to make it harder for me to serve Chicago’s families.”
However, he maintained, “We’re not mad at Momma Tereasa for this.”
The mother's pleas for the protest to stop have not halted Brown's protest plans.
[Photo: Rosemont Police Department]