CHICAGO – A funeral service was held for the 19-year-old girl found dead in a suburban hotel freezer.
But as Kenneka Jenkins was laid to rest, her family and friends continued to raise questions about her death and the investigation that followed.
The teen's mother and her family members sought to make the focus of today’s service about Jenkins' life – not the controversy surrounding her death.
More than one thousand people attended the funeral, with Minister Andre Williams delivering a eulogy that called for unity and love – during a time of distrust and grief.
On September ninth, Jenkins attended a party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont.
She went missing in the pre-dawn hours.
Despite her mother’s plea to have police and hotel staff search for her in the early hours after she went missing, Jenkins wasn’t discovered until the after midnight the next day.
Days after the body was found, Rosemont police released surveillance video showing Jenkins staggering through the empty hotel kitchen, but the video does not show her entering the walk-in freezer, a point that both Jenkins family, their lawyers and several community activists say raises the possibility of a cover-up.
In the weeks since Jenkins death protesters had rallied in front the hotel where her body was discovered, but this week, her mother called for an end to the protests, saying she didn’t want the controversy to impede the family’s quest for justice.