A popular Chicago activist who claims to have seen surveillance footage of Kenneka Jenkins hours before her death said Thursday that the young woman entered the hotel’s walk-in freezer alone and was not forced inside.
Andrew Holmes, who has worked in the community for decades fighting against violence, told the Chicago Tribune that detectives in Rosemont allowed him to view the video on Wednesday when he went to seek answers on behalf of Jenkins’ family.
‘We all was wondering and wanted to know did anybody pull her down there?’ Holmes told reporters 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.’
Jenkins’ body was discovered in the industrial, walk-in freezer at The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago, on Saturday at around midnight.
A Chicago activist who claims to have seen surveillance footage of Kenneka Jenkins hours before her death said Thursday that she entered the hotel’s walk-in freezer alone and was not forced inside. She is seen (right) hours beforehand in a bathroom inside the hotel
Kenneka was filmed by friends partying in the hotel room (L) and in an elevator (R) hours before she died. Holmes said that Jenkins was alone when she wandered to a lower level area of the hotel and appears to be disoriented
She had gone missing around 24 hours earlier after partying with friends in one of the hotel’s rooms.
Viral Facebook videos of their antics around the time she vanished are being investigated by police alongside surveillance footage from 47 cameras inside the hotel.