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The body of the 15-year-old daughter of a New Jersey anti-violence activist was found in a wooded area in South Carolina on Thursday, authorities said.
Sanaa Amenhotep, the daughter of Sharif Malik Amenhotep, a member of the Newark Brick City Peace Collective, was discovered in Lexington County after a nearly three-week search, officials said.
Amenhotep announced her daughter’s death in a Facebook post.
“My first heir Sanaa Mahari Amenhotep, I can’t believe she’s gone from us, you broke the hearts of my whole family in pain that I will never be the same,” he wrote.
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“Hari, I’m sorry Princess for not protecting you I promise you will never leave my heart or my mind I cherish the 15 years of your life that you spent with me I would give my life for you My mother and my grandma had you I have Sade and the rest of your sisters and brothers that I love you so much, ”he wrote in a later post.
A 17-year-old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and authorities are looking for Treveon Jamar Nelson, who should be charged with the same.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Amenhotep has been missing since April 5 after leaving his home in Columbia, South Carolina. She left with two men “probably on purpose” before it turned into an abduction, he said.
“I told the parents we would take her home, and we did,” Lott told reporters. “Sadly, we didn’t bring her home like we all prayed and wished we could.”
The sheriff urged Nelson to surrender, saying “he cannot run and hide”.
“We need him,” he said. “It has to be stopped and stopped very quickly.”
Lott said there was “gang related” activity linked to the case but declined to give further details.
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In a statement, the mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka, expressed his condolences.
“On behalf of the people of Newark, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Sharif Malik Amenhotep, for the tragic loss of his beautiful and intelligent black daughter, Sanaa Amenhotep, who was kidnapped and murdered in South Carolina,” he said. -he declares. “No parent should ever have to bury their child. It is an inexplicable loss that defies the imagination.”