Over 1000 Attend Funeral for Kenneka Jenkins

Kenneka Jenkins has finally been laid to rest.

On Saturday (Sep. 30) more than 1,000 people — many who never knew Jenkins — turned out for the Chicago teen’s wake and funeral at the House of Hope Church. According to the Chicago Sun Times, these guests wanted to show their respect for Jenkins’ life and her grieving mother Teresa Martin, who has been very critical of the police’s investigation into the tragic death of her daughter.

Joseph Alvarez, who has known Jenkins since she was an 8th grader, said Saturday’s service was extremely emotional.

“I’ve known her for a while, since her mom would have events in Douglas Park to gather the kids together without violence,” Alvarez, 23, told the Sun Times.

“[Martin] knows I love her, I tell her all the time to stay strong and to continue to show that passion and power.”

The Chicago Tribune noted that inside the South Side “stadium-sized” church, friends, relatives and strangers “slowly strode past the open casket book-ended by modest bouquets, one that simply spelled ‘NEKA’ in purple flowers.” In addition, many of the mourners wore purple, Jenkins’ favorite color, as a show of love, while others wore shirts with pictures of her along with the message “Justice for Kenneka.”

Source: BAW / Kellee Terrell