There are a lot of rumors going around about the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins. One of the popular tales is that the teen’s “friends” allegedly allowed to her be raped and eventually killed while she was at a party Friday. Police confirmed Jenkins was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center Saturday after she was reported missing by her family members. They did not, however, address rumors that Jenkins was raped and killed.

While some people claimed Jenkins’ friends sold her for money, others said the teen’s companions weren’t trustworthy. Some of their messages have been posted below:

Another thing people on the internet did was identify the alleged assailant. International Business Times is leaving the person’s name out of the article as not ostracize a potentially innocent person.

Still, the messages users spread about the supposed attacker seemed damning.

Jenkins can reportedly be heard saying, “help me,” in a video that was supposedly filmed during Jenkins’ alleged rape. A different clip, which was seemingly recorded by the same person, reportedly caught a male saying, “We’re about to murder somebody.”

Jenkins mother, Tereasa Martin, said she did not believe her daughter walked into the freezer because she was intoxicated.

Jenkins’ friends called Martin at 4 a.m. Saturday, saying they didn’t know where she was. They told police they left a party with Jenkins. She apparently forgot her phone, so they turned back to get and it and left her alone in the hallway. When they returned, Jenkins apparently vanished.

Martin rushed to the hotel and arrived at 5 a.m. She wanted police to start searching for her daughter then, but they the Rosemont Police Department said they had to wait several hours before they started her search because they said she might show up.

They didn’t start to look for Jenkins until her older sister, Leona Harris, filed the report. The official search started at at 1:15 p.m. Martin wasn’t informed about her daughter’s death until 12 hours later.



If police started to look for her daughter when she first went missing, she might still be alive. “If [police] had taken me seriously and checked right away, they could have found my daughter much sooner,” Martin told The Chicago Tribune Monday. “And she might have been alive.”

Martin started a GoFundMe account for her daughter’s investigation and funeral. “This is a page set up for Kenneka Jenkins to help get justice for my baby girl,” she wrote. “As many of you may know, On Sunday morning,  Neka was found dead in a walk in freezer at Crowne Point Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. We believe there is more to the story. Since this is still under investigation, there isn’t much I can say. The donations will cover funeral cost arrangements, also to help with the investigation. Anything helps. Help me get justice for her! God Bless.”

Rosemont Police wasn’t bothered by Martin’s criticism.

“Anyone can understand how a parent can feel distraught over the loss of a child and feel the need to lash out due to the tremendous pain they're feeling, and we certainly understand that,” Gary Mack, a spokesman for the village of Rosemont, told the Chicago Tribune. “But people can rest assured Rosemont is one of the top, highest trained, most respected police departments in the state of Illinois and does a good job at what they do.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

freezer Twitter users claimed Kenneka Jenkins was set up by her friends. The 19-year-old was found dead inside a hotel freezer. Photo: Facebook

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