Reward offered for information into deaths of two local teens

Mom offers reward for information about deaths of two Blount County teens

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A memorial for the boys set up near the site of their death. A memorial for the boys set up near the site of their death.
"He was my only son and he was my one and everything. He was my world," Jessie Jenkins' mother Martina Kayo said. "He was my only son and he was my one and everything. He was my world," Jessie Jenkins' mother Martina Kayo said.
"I wanted him to have something nice and he would have been proud of me," said Kayo of the wooden cross she posted in his honor. "I wanted him to have something nice and he would have been proud of me," said Kayo of the wooden cross she posted in his honor.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The death investigation of two East Tennessee teens has gone cold and now a reward is being offered in the hopes that someone will come forward with new information for police.

Jessie Jenkins, 18, and Kevin Stinnett, 17, were both hit and killed by a train on March 31, 2012 in Maryville.

They were students at William Blount High School.

The mother of Jessie Jenkins is so desperate for answers in her son's death, she's pleading to the public for help.

Martina Kayo is offering $2,000 in reward money to the person who can provide any information about what happened the night her son and his best friend were killed.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says they have no new leads, so Kayo is in the same place she was nearly a year ago, longing for an explanation.

"I dropped my son off at a friend's house and that's the last time I saw him," said Kayo, speaking of the night the boys were killed. "He was my only son and he was my one and everything. He was my world."

It took ten months for Kayo to make her way to the memorial set up by Kevin and Jessie's friends near the scene of the accident.

Their names are spray painted there, along with mementos and message of love from friends and family.

But a new wooden cross now stands planted in the ground for Jessie, placed there by Kayo herself.

"I wanted him to have something nice and he would have been proud of me," said Kayo. "Always had a smile on him. You couldn't have a bad day if you looked at that boy. He just brightened up your day."

The cross reads, "Son, I love you."

It's because of that love she can't rest any longer. She's begging the public to come forward to police if they know why the two boys were out there that night.

She has no idea why they were on the tracks.

"The biggest thing is I don't understand. Why? What happened?" said Kayo.

She's offering the reward for any valuable information that would close the case and answer her lingering questions.

"Somebody seen something. Somebody must have heard something. A little bit of information that gets something going so that we will find out what happened," said Kayo. "It's not going to bring my son back, but at least I would have a little closure."

She's confident that whoever comes forward will help her finally lay Jessie to rest in her heart.

"I know the answers is coming. I know. I just don't know when," said Kayo.

Kayo has been making and selling bracelets, just like the kind her son used to wear, to help fund the reward.

If anyone has any information, you are asked to contact the Blount County Sheriff's Office at 865-273-5000.

Anyone who would like to help fund the reward can donate to the Jessie Jenkins Memorial Fund at any Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union.

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