On September 10, 2017, Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a double walk-in freezer at Crowne Plaza Chicago Ohare Hotel in Rosemont, Illionis. Over a year later, there are still questions surrounding her death, and her mother is fighting back.
Jenkins’ mother, Teresa Martin, is now suing the Crowne Plaza hotel staff, the security staff and the restaurant at the hotel. The Chicago Sun-Times reports, “The lawsuit alleges that the hotel failed to secure a dangerous area or have competent staff, with counts of negligence and premises liability against the hotel, F&F Realty, Capital Security and Investigations and Murray Bros. Caddyshack, a restaurant that leased the kitchen at the hotel.”
In addition, “The hotel and security staff ignored multiple notifications that there were dozens of people in the hotel room where Jenkins was, which had a four person occupancy; that a smoke detector in the room had been disabled; and that there was a strong odor of an ‘intoxicant’ coming from the room.”
The lawsuit is asking for $50 million in damages.
Jenkins and her friends were partying on September 9, 2017, in a Crowne Plaza hotel room. As they were leaving, Jenkins disappeared when her friends came out into the corridor, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Jenkins was found hours later, dead inside the hotel’s walk-in freezer. Investigators claimed Jenkins was intoxicated, stumbled alone through the hotel’s hallways and walked into the freezer where she died. An autopsy concluded that she died of hypothermia, with alcohol and a drug used to treat epilepsy and migraines “significant contributing factors.” There were reportedly no signs of trauma to her body.
The mystery surrounding her death set off an avalanche of conspiracy theories—from one that said the teenager was killed during a sexual assault and place inside the freezer to folks who believe she was killed by people who sell human organs.
We hope the Jenkins family receives justice.