Many people are still haunted by the mysterious death of Kenneka Jenkins — the 19-year-old woman was found dead in a Chicago-area hotel’s industrial walk-in freezer last week. She was attending a party on the ninth floor of the hotel a day and a half before her body was found.
Now, a bizarre trend is emerging in the wake of her death, as reported by the International Business Times.
Multiple Facebook videos had captured Jenkins and her friends partying in the hotel. One video, in particular, had 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 mirrored sunglasses worn by her friend, Irene Roberts.
People have been tweeting impersonations of her looks and accent, and recreating the hotel video as much as possible, calling it the “Irene Challenge.”
While some said the challenge was not making light of the case, others called it insensitive.
Police in Rosemont, Illinois have released all surveillance video received from the Crowne Plaza Hotel where 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in an industrial walk-in freezer last week. She was attending a party on the ninth floor of the hotel a day and a half before her body was found.
In the videos, Jenkins appears to be stumbling in the hotel hallways, kitchen, and near an elevator. On Friday, an attorney representing Jenkins' family released a statement saying they didn’t receive any video that showed her entering the freezer.
“Despite request for all evidence, we have only been provided snippets of video, none of which shows Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer," the statement reads. "Serious questions remain as to how she ended up in a Crowne Plaza Hotel freezer and why it took a day and a half for the hotel to find Kenneka."