The mother of Kenneka Jenkins took to Facebook Live on Sunday and accused protest organizers of using her daughter’s death as a payday.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Tereasa Martin has called an end to protests taking place in front of the hotel where her daughter died. Martin has accused organizers of pocketing thousands of dollars meant to get justice for Jenkins, 19.
“The protest is over,” Martin said on Facebook. “They had an agenda in the first place….so I’m ending y’all’s agendas, that’s not righteous to my child.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jenkins was found in the freezer of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont on September 10. Details surrounding her death has sparked debate and has led others to call for criminal charges to be filed.
Footage from the night in question possibly shows Jenkins wandering through the hotel’s kitchen. However, cameras didn’t capture the teen walking into the freezer that she was reportedly found dead in.
During the 6-minute video, which can be viewed below, Martin claimed organizers were “in cahoots” with the hotel. She also apologized to people who were scammed or misled by organizers collecting funds during protests.
“To sit up here and use my daughter’s name in vain, I’m going to pray for y’all’s souls,” she said.
Posted by Tereasa Martin on Sunday, September 24, 2017
Chicago-based activist Jedidiah Brown told the Sun-Times that the money collected went into a “freedom fund.” He said those donations went towards food, transportation, and the legal funds of demonstrators that were arrested. However, he claimed that the freedom fund was separate from contributions that would go to Martin and the fund was approved by Martin.
Brown accused his own family of misleading Martin into thinking that protesters were pocketing the money. He claimed that $6,000 was raised in total and $2,000 remains in the fund as of Monday night. The local activist claimed that the money will continue to be used for legal and transportation fees for protesters who came from out of town.
Though Brown told the Sun-Times that he would respect Martin’s wishes and cease all protests, three hours later he tweeted that he would be returning to the hotel on Tuesday night.
5440 n river road @6pm
Many questions still exist im going back, this is bigger thn us. Only a direct no frm mom will stop me.
— Jedidiah Brown (@livelifefreed) September 26, 2017
“They have completely rejected our communication,” Brown told the local paper. “There’s a very deep-seated level of hurt that I feel that I know is going to make it harder for me to serve Chicago’s families.”
“We’re not mad at Momma Tereasa for this.”
[Featured Image: Facebook/Kenneka Jenkins]