The body of the 15-year-old daughter of a violence activist in New Jersey was found Thursday in a wooded area of South Carolina, authorities said.
Officials say Sanaa Amenhotep, the daughter of Sharif Malik Amenhotep, a member of the Brick City Peace Team in Newark, has been found in the Lexington area.
Amenhotep announced the death of his daughter in a Facebook post.
“I do not believe my first heir Sanaa Mahari Amenhotep left us, you broke the hearts of my whole family because the pain will never be the same,” he wrote.
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“Harry, I’m sorry, princess, I did not protect you, I promise you will never leave my heart or mind. “I got Sade, the rest of your siblings, whom I love very much,” he wrote in his next post.
A 17-year-old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping. Authorities are looking for Trevor amar Nelson, who is also expected to be charged.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lot said Amenhotep went missing after leaving his home in Colombia on April 5.
“I told my parents we would bring him home, we did,” Lot told reporters. “Unfortunately, we did not bring him home the way we all prayed, we wished we could.”
The sheriff urged Nelson to introduce himself, saying “he can not run and hide.”
“We need him,” he said. “He must be arrested, he must be arrested very soon.”
Lot said there was “gang-related” activity in the case, but declined to give details.
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Newark Mayor Ras Barakan expressed his condolences in the statement.
“On behalf of the people of Newark, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Sharif Malik Amenhotep on the tragic loss of his beautiful, intelligent black daughter, Sanaa Amenhotep, who was abducted and killed in South Carolina,” he said. “No parent should ever bury their child. It’s an inexplicable loss, which is against the imagination. “