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Tereasa Martin, Jenkins’ mother, said in a Facebook Live post that she’s still arranging for a location that can accommodate the flood of supporters expected to attend.
After the ceremony, activists plan to rally outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago, where the 19-year-old’s body was found dead inside a walk-in restaurant freezer on Sept. 10.
Many in the community—indeed across the nation—are demanding answers from investigators.
Jenkins went missing early Sept. 9 after a night of partying with friends at the hotel. The Rosemont police quickly concluded that she staggered drunk into the freezer and closed the door. However, evidence began emerging on social media that suggests foul play was involved, spawning seemingly endless conspiracy theories.
A groundswell of interest in the case heaped pressure on the police to continue their investigation. The authorities released 36 hours of hotel surveillance video, which shows the teenager staggering, presumably intoxicated. However, none of the footage shows her walking into the freezer. That omission has led many to believe the police altered the video.
Jenkins’ family and supporters urged the FBI to join the investigation. But the agency declined to get involved, adding to the frustration African-Americans feel about the undervaluing of Black lives compared to White lives.
Meanwhile, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said the autopsy report awaits results of toxicology tests and additional investigation, the newspaper reported.
31 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody
1. Kathryn Johnston, 92Source:Getty 1 of 26
2. Tarika Wilson, 26Source:Getty 2 of 26
3. Shereese Francis, 30Source:Getty 3 of 26
4. Shantel Davis, 23Source:Getty 4 of 26
5. Alesia Thomas, 35Source:Getty 5 of 26
6. Malissa Williams, 30Source:Getty 6 of 26
7. Darnesha Harris, 17Source:Getty 7 of 26
8. Shelly Frey, 27Source:Getty 8 of 26
9. Miriam Carey, 34Source:Getty 9 of 26
10. Yvette Smith, 47Source:Getty 10 of 26
11. Michelle Cusseaux, 50Source:Getty 11 of 26
12. Aura Rosser, 40Source:Getty 12 of 26
13. Tanisha Anderson, 37Source:Getty 13 of 26
14. Eleanor Bumpurs, 66Source:Getty 14 of 26
15. Natasha McKenna, 37Source:Getty 15 of 26
16. Janisha Fonville, 20Source:Getty 16 of 26
17. Meagan Hockaday, 26Source:Getty 17 of 26
18. Alexia Christian, 25Source:Getty 18 of 26
19. Sandra Bland, 28Source:Getty 19 of 26
20. Gynnya McMillen, 16Source:Getty 20 of 26
21. Symone Marshall, 22Source:Getty 21 of 26
22. Korryn Gaines, 23Source:Getty 22 of 26
23. Deborah Danner, 66Source:Getty 23 of 26
24. Alteria Woods, 21Source:Getty 24 of 26
25. Charleena Lyles, 30Source:Getty 25 of 26
26. Cariann Denise Hithon, 22Source:Getty 26 of 26
SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times