It has been six years since the tragic death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, who lost her life due to hypothermia after accidentally entering a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
Despite the official ruling of her death as an accident, her mother, Tereasa Martin, has tirelessly fought for justice in her daughter’s memory. Using the hashtag #J4KENNEKA4LIFE, Martin continues to honor her daughter’s legacy and seeks closure.
On September 10, 2017, Jenkins’ body was discovered in the hotel freezer by a hotel employee. Surveillance footage revealed her stumbling through the hotel’s kitchen, indicating her struggle to maintain balance.
A toxicology report later revealed the presence of alcohol and anti-epileptic medication in her system.
In 2018, Martin filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against the hotel, its restaurant, and the private security company, accusing them of negligence and failure to secure restricted areas.
After a lengthy legal battle, Martin and the Crowne Plaza Chicago hotel reached a private settlement in August.
The terms of the settlement remain confidential due to safety and privacy concerns, as the case gained significant public attention and resulted in threats against individuals involved.