A mother of a Chicago woman who was shot and killed last summer recently said she believes Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack—which has undergone scrutiny in recent days—took resources from local police which could’ve been used to find her daughter’s killer.
Kenyatta Jones told the Daily Beast that she repeatedly calls Chicago police about leads in her daughter’s July 30 murder to no avail. The woman’s daughter, Oceanea Jones, 21, was with her boyfriend when four men reportedly approached and pursued the pair, mistaking her boyfriend for a gang member.
Oceanea was fatally shot in the back while running away from the suspects, who remain unidentified months later, according to the Daily Beast.
Kenyatta claimed only one detective is working to solve her daughter’s case, telling the outlet she believes they’re probably overburdened by other cases. However, slain’s woman’s mother said she can’t help to think that Smollett’s reported attack is taking a good amount of local police’s attention and resources which could’ve been used to get justice for Oceanea.
Smollett, 35, who is black and openly gay, reportedly told police that two masked assailants asked him, “Aren’t you that f**** ‘Empire’ n****r?” moments before the January 29 assault. He claimed the suspects then tied a noose around his neck and dumped a liquid on him before fleeing the scene.
“It’s what everybody is talking about,” Kenyatta said, referring to the “Empire” actor’s story.
“There are so many unsolved murders in Chicago.”
Smollett’s story has been scrutinized in recent days, with reports alleging that paid two brothers to orchestrate the attack. An official told ABC News that suspects Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were released from custody after claiming Smollett staged the attack because he was upset that a threatening letter previously sent to him didn’t get more attention.
Meanwhile, Kenyatta revealed she recently told Chicago police that she’ll be working to solve her daughter’s murder, explaining that she’s received names of possible suspects.
She said, “I told [the detective] I’ve been doing my own little investigating myself.”
[Featured image: Oceanea Jones/WMAQ video screengrab]