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Activist Says Girl Walked Into Hotel Freezer On Her Own (Photo)

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A Chicago activist said that the young woman who was found dead inside of an industrial freezer in a hotel was not forced inside.

Andrew Holmes, a popular activist in Chicago, said he has seen surveillance footage that shows 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins hours before her death, the Daily Mail reported.

Jenkins was found dead in the industrial walk-in freezer at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Sept. 2 around midnight. She had gone missing 24 hours prior after reportedly partying with friends in one of the hotel's rooms.

Several social media users had speculated that Jenkins was murdered, but Holmes told the Chicago Tribune that Jenkins was alone when she walked into the freezer.

"The important part is we all wanted to know: Did anybody call her down there?" Holmes said, according to CBS News. "Did anybody force her down there? Was there anybody on the other side of the room when she got down there? And the answer to that is no."

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Holmes said that detectives had allowed him to view surveillance footage on Sept. 13 when he went to seek answers on behalf of the victim's family. He said one of the videos shows Jenkins waiting in the lobby of the hotel after her friends reportedly went back up to their rooms to retrieve items they had forgotten.

The activist said Jenkins was seen taking an elevator to a lower level before wandering around and opening doors. He said she appeared to be disoriented.

Holmes said Jenkins opened two doors in a kitchen area, and walked inside the industrial freezer before the doors shut behind her. He added that the victim's family is waiting for toxicology results to see if narcotics had been put into the young woman's drink by a third party.

Since Jenkins' death, demonstrations have been calling for justice to be served. Several theories circulated online regarding the cause of death, but Holmes dismissed them as "just something they made up on social media."

However, Chicago resident Tamika Harris said the latest revelation proves the hotel was negligent for not blocking off the area. She added that police were not as forthcoming with evidence, which allowed for rumors to be begin circulating in the first place.

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"They could've put out more than they did," Harris said. "When her mom came out that night, they wasn't giving her no answers to help her out. So people feel like they knew but didn't tell us."

Police are continuing to investigate surveillance footage from more than 40 cameras inside the hotel. They will show the footage to the victim's mother, Tereasa Martin, before releasing it to the public at the end of the investigation.

The hotel has offered to cover Jenkins' funeral expenses.

"Our hearts go out to ... Kenneka's mother, her family and friends. We hope covering the funeral costs provides a small bit of relief for them," hotel spokesman Glenn Harston said in a statement.

It is unknown if the victim's family has accepted the offer.

In a Facebook Live video, Martin asked protesters to keep their demonstrations peaceful and to not portray the incident as a "race thing, because it's not."

Sources: Daily Mail, Chicago Tribune, CBS News / Featured Image: Pexels / Embedded Images: Handout via Daily Mail, Max Pixel

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