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Sanaa Mahari Amenhotep, 15, April 5, 2021, Columbia, South Carolina

Updated: Nov 25, 2022

Sanaa Amenhotep was fifteen when she was kidnapped and later found murdered. Sanaa was an anti-violence activist from Newark, New Jersey.

Her family reported that her phone and Instagram was off. 'My daughter calls me at least twice a week,” Sharif Amenhotep said. “She doesn’t go a week without calling me. We have a close relationship.”

Three people were charged in her kidnapping and murder. Two of them were teenagers. All three of them claimed to be Sanaa's friends. Police reported they believed her murder was 'gang related' but did not elaborate. Treveon Nelson and the two minors have been charged with murder, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.


One of the male juveniles 17-year-old Jaylon Wilson was charged with kidnapping. A second suspect was being sought after, Teveon Nelson, 18, who was also believed to be involved in Sanaa's kidnapping.


On April 29, 2021, Sanna's lifeless body was located in a wooded area in Lexington County, South Carolina off Interstate 20 near Batesburg-Leesville off the 500 block of Rish Drive in a field, covered with a tarp. Twenty-four days of not knowing where your child is.

Sanaa's cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and listed as a homicide. It is believed she was murdered the same day of her disappearance, April 5.


Here is Sanaa Amenhotep’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Sanaa Amenhotep (Columbia, South Carolina), who passed away on April 5, 2021, at the age of 15, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Sanaa Amenhotep to show support.

Information accumulated by:

News 19, South Carolina

WIS TV Channel 10

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