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Four years later, Kendrick Johnson’s mother is still seeking justice for her son’s death


On the evening of January 10, 2013, 17 year-old Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA, was reported missing by his mother. Kendrick never returned home after leaving for school earlier that morning. Kendrick’s body was discovered inside a large, rolled-up wrestling mat inside the school’s gym the following day. Since the shocking discovery of their son’s death, the Johnson family has been yearning for answers and justice.

Lowndes County investigators’ official story was that Kendrick died of positional asphyxia. They said their investigation concluded that Kendrick had climbed on top of the six-foot-tall rolled-up gym mat while trying to obtain a shoe. While on top of the mat, he accidentally slipped head first into the opening, got stuck, and eventually died of asphyxiation.

When Kendrick’s body was found and removed from the mat, there was a pool of blood on the floor below his head. The county officials said the blood spilled after his heart stopped pumping and after he died. Kendrick’s parents say the blood and other evidence shows that Kendrick was murdered.

Among a storm of unanswered questions, improbabilities, poor police work, and lack of cooperation from local law enforcement, the Johnson family has been fighting for the last 4 years to find out what really happened to their 17 year-old child that day.

In a recent interview with radio show, My Skin Is My Sin, Kendrick’s mother (Jacquelyn Johnson) spoke about the current status of the investigation of her son’s death. Listen to the interview below.

Kendrick Johnson….WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU…ft: his mother Jacquelyn Johnson

Unanswered Questions and Holes in the official story

The investigation of Kendrick’s death was littered with questionable actions and statements from local law enforcement. It’s extremely hard to believe that this investigation was not tainted from the start. Many questions continue to go unanswered.

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No blood on shoe: There was a pool of blood under the gym mat where Kendrick had been however, no blood was found on the shoe that he had allegedly climbed onto the mat to retrieve. The shoe that investigators claimed was found inches below Kendrick’s head, had no blood on it. If this shoe was where investigators claimed it was when they found Kendrick, it would have been directly beneath Kendrick’s upside down body. If the blood on the ground came from Kendrick after he had gotten stuck in the mat, the shoe should have been covered in blood as well.

Unclaimed blood: There was blood located on a vertical beam in the gym where Kendrick’s body was found. Lowndes County’s Lieutenant Stryde Jones stated that the blood was tested and it was not Kendrick’s blood, however there was never any attempt to find out whose blood it was or how it got on the wall at the scene. A trash can in one of the bathrooms was also found filled with bloody paper towels. These were quickly dismissed by saying a female had gotten injured in the gym the night before.

Contaminated scene: The paramedics that arrived at the scene noticed bruising on Kendrick’s body, including bruises to his neck and face. They said the scene should be considered a crime scene, however the law enforcement agencies did not secure the area with crime scene tape. They also neglected to wear any shoe protectors to avoid contaminating the scene as they walked around.

Poor police work: The coroner wasn’t called until six hours after Kendrick’s body was discovered. The coroner told CNN that the scene had been compromised and the original report he wrote was changed by Lowndes County Sheriff. “The investigative climate was very poor to worse when I arrived at the scene. The body had been noticeably moved, the scene had been compromised, and there was no cooperation from law enforcement at the scene. Information necessary for my lawful investigation was withheld,” said the coroner.

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Second autopsy: Kendrick’s parents exhumed their son’s body and hired a doctor to conduct a second autopsy. The autopsy showed that Kendrick died from a blow to the neck and not accidental suffocation. The autopsy also revealed that all of Kendrick’s major organs had been removed and his body had been stuffed with newspaper.

Items unaccounted for: A pair of black gym shoes and a gray hooded sweatshirt were found yards from Kendrick’s body. The items had red stains on them that Kendrick’s parents believed could have been blood. Investigators said the red stains were not blood, so they did not collect the shoes or hoodie as evidence. There was no indication that investigators even looked for the owner of the shoes or hooded sweatshirt that was also found near Kendrick’s body.

Missing video footage: Lowdnes High School was supposed to hand over all the surveillance video from the gym the morning Kendrick’s body was discovered, however the IT Tech said there was a problem and handed over the video days later. Kendrick’s family had to sue the school to get access to the video. CNN also gained access to the video and had experts evaluate the footage. These experts said the footage was “highly suspicious” because there were hours of footage missing from the video.

Help bring awareness to this case again by sharing this article with your friends, family, and associates. You can also help by donating to the Kendrick Johnson Foundation. This is a foundation the Johnson family started that has a mission to raise awareness on the need for increased supervision and safety within public schools.

 

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31 comments

Dee November 25, 2016 at 10:48 am

This child died of an unfortunate accident. It was like;”The perfect storm” in the way that he slipped down into the mat and couldn’t move to get out, and no one being there the moment he slipped in. It’s like kids you hear of that die in old refrigerators or car trunks when seconds or minutes would’ve made the difference between life or death in someone seeing them go in. If you Google his name and scroll down to the “Reddit article, you will see how this was even possible. Instead, many are relying on YouTube and various other conspiracy theory articles and running with any and everything that’s said. The really sad thing is, the parents are caught in a tragic limbo because they refuse to even let the thought that it was a tragic accident even enter their thought process. YES, mistakes were made in the initial investigation. But that doesn’t change the outcome; That this handsome, talented young man died of a tragic set of circumstances, that was accidental with no one to witness or help him because no one was there in the few moments it took for him to climb up, slip in, get stuck, and smother.

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Justice4kj November 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm

So why was there no blood found on the shoe the kid was reaching for? Why was the video footage not clear? Why was his organs missing. And You tell me that alone would not make you question your child’s death get out of here.

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joseph tate July 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

he was upside down ,your blood will go to head out your mouth and your heart will stop ,if you moving around you going to slang blood in different spots till your heart stops

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KieshaT June 9, 2019 at 2:03 am

You can’t honestly think it was a mistake use common sense even Stevie Wonder can see it wasn’t no accident and it doesn’t make sense it’s taking this long to get justice!!!

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joseph tate July 4, 2019 at 1:46 pm

$100 million lawsuit against dozens of local and state officials in January 2015. It was an accident they was several stipends around at the time of the accident if they was murder don’t you think some student would have seen something . he was upside down inside a 6 foot rubber mat that they put on gym floor . no one carried him up ladder and stuck him inside of it he fell and got stuck they was no murder but it sad that the family lost their son and have a lot of attorney fees to pay and the school should not be responsible for the attorney fees .it was accident black or white accidents happen

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Lurry July 6, 2019 at 9:07 pm

If it was an accident.. WHERE IS HIS ORGANS..
Shut the hell up guy

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jovon July 10, 2019 at 10:54 pm

he was found without any organs & stuffed with news paper!!..stop something happened & they are covering it up

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Jonas Pell November 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm

This is the usual brainless anti-intellectual black scumbags are whipping up the usual brainless racist conspiracy theories.

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Justice4kj November 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

You are the scum bag and I hate to stoop to your level. This ain’t a black or white thing. This boy was killed in school. By a black, white , mexican, chineese , red, purple what ever say that just don’t call it an accident ! Look at the photos that were leaked. No blood on the shoes he was reaching for but a lot of blood on the floor???? boy if that was your child and you accept what they said then I question you and your parenting skills if you don’t have kids already please dont .

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joseph tate July 4, 2019 at 1:35 pm

they was no murder ,it was accident ,but it falls back to school and a safety hazard. it has nothing to do with white or black the school made a mistake on safety. but if you hang upside down your blood is going to your head and out your mouth and your heart will stop . all i ask is for the video and how the accident happened so it would not happen to other student . The family will always say murder until they get settlement from school and it sad she lost her son but no murder happened in front of several students .If they was murder don’t you think one of the students would have said something by now ,he was stuck in 6 foot mat upside down ,How could you get a person his size up a ladder and inside a mat ,you can’t . He had an accident that costed him his life black or white so leave the race card out , Look on the tape he was running and being himself and got carless you can’t blame no one but himself and the school for not following safety or the school did have a safety protocol and he didn’t follow it .

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Chelsi July 7, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Joseph Tate you sound dumb as fuck how the hell can you believe that a 17 year “Slipped” head first into a tightly rolled gym Mat then gets his whole body to fit in this tightly rolled gym mat is a motherfucking accident shut yo real stupid goofy ass up we’d all appreciate it thanks dumbest shit I’ve heard ever and you just as dumb to believe it

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Shannon July 8, 2019 at 1:44 am

So explain how the second, untainted autopsy said he died from trauma to the neck, as well as the bruising to his face & neck, as well as why the first responders stated it should have been treated like a crime scene. We’ll wait. You sound idiotic literally ignoring so many facts & repetitively saying it was an accident when so many aspects clearly point otherwise. Talking about some student would have seen something. They did. The little evil, like yourself, students who did it.

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Jason Miller November 25, 2016 at 7:58 pm

You would have to be a mindless idiot to think this was an accident. The evidence doesn’t add up. You’re obviously a racist prick. Why else say “black” scumbags? What does race have to do with anything? its funny that racism and stupidity always seem to go hand and hand

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joseph tate July 4, 2019 at 1:52 pm

so someone carries him up ladder and stuck him inside a 6 foot rubber gym mat and ran off . no he climbed up but him against school policy and thought he could work his way out and got stuck upside down ,the blood went to his head and out his mouth and his heart stop ,they was no murder black or white .the family lost their son that sad part ,and they are left with attorney fees and $100 million lawsuit against dozens of local and state officials in January 2015. was thrown out . and color has nothing to do with it

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TK July 9, 2019 at 9:06 am

Just dumbbbbbb you keep talking about the blood going to his head BUT WHERE ARE HIS ORGANS???? Why was his body stuffed with news paper????? You didn’t seem to piece that part together have you? Do you think he decided to stuff his own body with news paper & hid his own organs somewhere? No because that doesn’t make any sense does it? People have been taking organs from black people for a long time now. DO YOUR RESEARCH! & stop trying to make people feel dumb for thinking this was a murder. BECAUSE HE WAS MURDERED CLEARLY & the school covered it up!

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Kurdt November 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

IT. WAS. AN. ACCIDENT!!! Stop blaming people who were not even there that day.

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Justice4kj November 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm

With all the botched up evidence that wouldn’t make you question it if it was your kid. And you just want the parents to give up. Well want the truth from the police just as hard. Where is that child’s organs, where is that child’s clothes. Where is the blood on the shoe that he was reaching for. Really. Accident ok

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Justice4kj November 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Love you Jackie you are my hero. Never give up it makes no sence they can say what they want its not their child. Nothing is adding up at all.

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Mellie May 16, 2017 at 4:51 am

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Joseph frasure January 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

First and foremost I am truly sorry for this lady and her family I am from Cincinnati Ohio and all I do is just keep watching the reports and everything on YouTube and stuff and deep in my heart I feel that everyone knows what really happened besides the parents and I believe it’s all because just my own personal opinion that those kids father works for the FBI I truly wish that there was something I can do I would be more than happy to help you and your family holding up signs and for the schools streets whatever wish I was a private detective whatever I just wish there was something truly I can do to help you solve this case yes I am only 27 years old Caucasian and I believe all of this is truly carried away with the law and they did not abide by the law I have much love for you and your family and your son it really touches my heart I honestly wish I was there to help prevent it I feel that he would have been in the NFL by now I really don’t know what to say I honestly can’t stop crying over it because I don’t want this to happen to my little boy or my daughter

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Chasiti June 22, 2019 at 9:25 am

Thank you so much for having an empathetic heart. Especially, towards a black family. As you can see in some of the comments, there are others referring to us as black scum bags due to us feeling as though the conclusion doesn’t add up. Again, thank you!

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Scott April 5, 2018 at 3:26 am

Well, look who has to pay &pay they should..People know that there is no way that many govt agencies could cover something like this up.

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Kenyatta west June 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Murder no accident I’m praying for justice for this family

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Valarie Harris June 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

Hi, I would like to support the family of Kendrick. This is so tragic and horrifying. I don’t want to believe that people could be so evil. You all are in my prayers. Please send me a link to support you all financially.

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Rachelle E. June 20, 2019 at 2:11 am

I’m very, very sorry for your loss and the anguish that you and your family have been going through!! My heart dropped when I heard this and still shocking yet, no answers have been given to you about the obvious mishandling of this situation by the police, improper police procedures, missing evidence, and now the new autopsy report!! Why haven’t these questions been answered??!! The other families living in that town should be paying close attention to this!!?? This horrific crime happened to your child, it could happen to any other child that they have targeted!! People should wake up!! This doesn’t sound like a one-time occurrence!! I believe it was planned out and then executed!!! You are very intelligent not to accept the bullshit that the police are trying to shove down your throats!! Keep asking questions, keep putting pressure on them, make them accountable for everything that was done and for everything that wasn’t done!! It’s quite possible that they have done this before and very possible they will do it again if not stopped!! Keep pushing forward, keep up the faith, don’t let anyone or anything stop you!! “What’s done in the dark will be brought to light”!!! Eventually, the truth will come out and those responsible for your child’s death will be caught and punished!! God doesn’t like ugly and He will make the truth be known!! All of my prayers go out to and your family!! GOD BLESS YOU!!

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Nancy Peterson June 20, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Officials want you to believe this kid accidentally fell into a tight space. While he was struggling, his internal organs accidentally fell out. And hours of security tape accidentally went missing.

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shegryl June 23, 2019 at 12:34 am

I am so saddened by this everytime I heard it, it makes me so sadd I hope you do stay on this murder until something is done abt this and will look for a go fund me if there is one….The Nerve of ANYONE to ask you to pay money I will pray for you every day,,,and God is close to the broken-hearted he hears your every groan ….My Condolences

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Jake July 9, 2019 at 1:37 am

Someone killed that child, rolled up his body like Mexican burrito to make it look like the kid jumped in by himself. They harvested his organs for some needy recipient and the cops involved covered it up. It was ‘MURDER’, pure and simple.

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Lashawn Hicks July 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

This was no accident this is a coverup it’s a shame you can’t even send our children to school an they be safe

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Yvonne September 10, 2019 at 10:11 am

What happened was they rolled him up in the mat after they murdered him and set it up vertically…. anyone with common sense can see that… that whole falling down in an already rolled up mat trying to get a shoe is a cover up plain and simple.

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