ATLANTA - More than two dozen friends and family of Allahnia Lenoir, the 24-year-old Atlanta woman police believe may have been murdered turned out to a Fulton County courtroom Wednesday. Lenoir was reported missing last July.
The group went there to show support as the two suspects accused of being involved with the potential murder and the disposal of her body faced a judge Wednesday morning.
"Everybody wants to be here, it's important for us," said Courtney Moon.
Roughly 30 family and friends showed up at the courthouse. They were there for the arraignment and plea hearing.
"We're coming in masses, we're coming every time," Moon said. "Every time is important. Every decision that's made is important to us."
It's been seven months since Allahnia Lenior was last seen at the 1660 Peachtree Apartments in Midtown. Police have still not located her body.
Investigators say she was last seen by security cameras with two men and a family friend that night.
"They have video footage of four people going in and only three people coming out," Lenoir's mom Jannette Jackson told FOX 5 in 2022. "My daughter was never seen again."
Allahnia Lenoir (Credit: Atlanta Police Department) (Supplied)
Police have since charged two men, Steven Oboite and Diante Reynolds, with several crimes including felony murder. In January, Atlanta police announced that a third suspect, Nicholas Hendrickson, is also being charged for his role in helping the two dispose of her body. Lenoir still has not been found.
"There is a piece of me that's gone, and nobody can give it back and unless they give her back, I'm always going to be incomplete," Jannette Jackson, Allahnia’s mom said.
Jackson was among those in the courtroom Wednesday as Hendrickson's attorney entered a not-guilty plea and Reynolds’ hearing was postponed. As for Oboite he is still on the run.
According to Fulton County court documents, Oboite and Reynolds provided Lenoir with opiates that night inside an apartment.
Investigators believe when she showed signs that she was in need of medical attention, the two men avoided calling 911 in an effort to cover it up.
Diante Reynolds (Atlanta Police Department) (Diante Reynolds (Atlanta Police Department))
The indictment goes on to say Reynold’s secured a lease on the apartment they were in using a fake name and identity.
The court documents say Hendrickson helped the two men move Lenoir's body and then lied to investigators when he was asked whether he had taken a trip to Alabama on July 31- the day of the alleged crime.
After the hearing, prosecutors told the friends and family that justice would be served.
"He's confident in the work that the investigators have made, he's confident in the evidence," Jackson said.
With the court cases just beginning, Jackson is glad to have a lot of support.
"It gives me strength to know that these are my daughter's friends and that they were truly her friends," Jackson said.
Steven Oboite (Atlanta Police Department) (Steven Oboite (Atlanta Police Department))
With Oboite still on the run, the family has offered a $15,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. If you know anything call Crimestoppers at 404-577-8477.