Name: Aaliyah Kenekham
Location: Richmond, Indiana
DOD: December 21st, 2016
The 15-year-old in the picture laughs the contagious laugh her mother will never forget.
Leaves cover the ground and float near her as she stands with arms upraised.
She appears carefree, with a long, happy life ahead of her.
But that black-and-white photograph now serves as her mother’s treasured memory, because life wasn’t carefree, happy or long for the girl.
Aaliyah Dawn Kenekham, 21, died Dec. 21. Final toxicology reports are expected to show a drug overdose killed her.
“She’s told me, she’s like ‘Mom, I just don’t know how to do life,’” Jessica Kenekham said in her west-side living room. “And I said, ‘What do you mean by that?’ And she says, ‘Because everything is so sad to me’ or ‘It’s so hard for me because I’m so depressed and I have no motivation to do anything.’ And she says it’s easier just to do drugs and block it out.”
But it wasn’t easy, not for Aaliyah or the family members who < CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >
Richmond, IN – Aaliyah Kenekham, 21, beloved daughter was called to her eternal resting place on December 21st, 2016. She entered this world on September 15, 1995 in Richmond, IN, born to Souvan and Jessica Kenekham. As a parent of an addict I have some advice for other parents & loved ones of an addict. NEVER GIVE UP ON THEM & PLEASE LEARN ALL YOU CAN ABOUT THEIR DISEASE. Yes they did choose to use the drug in the first place but not with the intention of becoming an addict. I mean who would want to put themselves & their family through that on purpose? Everyone makes mistakes but God expects us to always forgive others. You may not be able to forget but eventually not letting go of it & forgiving them is only gonna cause you to love them less & less as time goes on. I’ve had my heart stomped on by my daughters addiction but I knew a demon had a hold of her & she eventually succumbed to her addiction. Our addicts deserve our love. If you have an addict who overdoses & dies the police immediately treat it like a crime scene. It killed me because they wouldn’t let me kiss her as her body was taken out of my house. Even though I wanted to continue doing CPR, I was kicked out of her room & they refused to let me back in. They worked on her for at least an hour. I saw some tears on the faces of some of those firemen & policemen. I can’t deny that it broke my heart. And as for blame, without drug dealers there would be a significantly lower rate of addicts. Yes there will always be those who are prescribed medications but at least they are under a doctors care. They are not getting the stuff that my daughters dealer supplied her with that took her young life. I need prayers because I have some serious hate in my heart for her drug dealer. I know I shouldn’t feel this way but I can’t help it.I’m a broken hearted mother. I love you Aaliyah Dawn~RIP~ Addicts deserve love too.
She preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Marjorie Merkamp, paternal grandfather Deth Kenekham, Cousin Kham Thongvylay. She is survived by her mother Jessica Kenekham; father Souvan Kenekham; brother Zachary Dexter, grandmother Bounhom Kenekkham, great grandmother Helen Austin; Aunt Nettie, Aunt Marla; Aunt Barbara; Uncle Jason; Great Uncle Joe; Great Uncle Rick; Great Aunt Alvona; Aunt Sou; Uncle Souvong, & Uncle Andrew.
Services for Aaliyah will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday (December 28, 2016) in Riggle – Waltermann Mortuary. Â Pastor Dylan Shope will officiate. Â Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday (December 27, 2016) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Aaliyah’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (PO Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142) or ASPCA (528th Street, Floor 7 New York, NY 10018).