Teleka Patrick, Ask her parents and her sister to describe Dr. Teleka Patrick, the words will flow from their lips without hesitation.
She is beautiful and she is brilliant.
They talk of a daughter and a sister who graduated high school in New York City as a National Merit finalist with a scholarship offer from Harvard.
She was one class short of having two bachelor’s degrees when she finished her undergraduate studies at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., and left medical school in California this past spring with her medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry.
“She often says to me, ‘Tenesha, you’re smarter than me,’” Patrick’s sister, Tenesha Patrick, said recently. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about.’ Not only is she brilliant, she’s extremely hard working.
“… Whatever she approaches, she puts her all into it.”
It’s that type of promise that has defined Patrick, 30, throughout her life, Tenesha Patrick and her parents, Mattahais and Irene Patrick, say.
It’s also the reason why they and police are baffled by her Dec. 5 disappearance.