Apr 15, 2013

Have you heard about the suspicious death of Kendrick Johnson from Valdosta, Ga?  Well, if the answer is no, don't feel bad because you are not the only one.

Kendrick Johnson's death is one that needs to be heard if only to give the family piece of mind as to what really happened to their son.

Here is what's being reported about the case based on an CNN iReport:

Kendrick Johnson was a 17-year-old boy from Valdosta, Georgia, whose death was ruled accidental. Take a look at this picture of him alive next to a picture of him dead and you be the judge. Many people suspect foul play, as his face appears to be beaten. The teen was found upside down in a rolled up mat inside the gym of Lowndes High School. Authorities states he fell into the center of the mats accidentally reaching for his shoe claiming he died because his blood rushed to his head after being in an upside down position for too long. Just hours after Kendrick's death Sheriff Prine states "no foul play" but around April 9,2013 Sheriff Prine changed the status of "no foul play" to " There is no way this went down the way the law officials are portraying. No family should have to deal with this lack of investigation" there is also another break in the case which comes from the coroner Bill Watson whom wasn't called to the crime scene that was led by Sheriff Chris Prine until hours after the body was found. In January Bill Watson spoke to Valdosta Daily Times this is what he stated " This was not fair to the decedent, his family, and the citizens of Valdosta and Lowndes County Ga. And it's wrong as rain". Lowndes High School will not release the footage of Kendrick last seen at school. The Johnson family wants reveal Kendrick's death was no accident he was murdered, they want answers and justice.

Here's some more information via WALB:

Johnson was found dead January 11th inside the old gymnasium at Lowndes High School. Sheriff's investigators believe his death was an accident. They say he fell inside the opening of a rolled up cheerleading mat and couldn't get out. But the Johnson's don't think his death was an accident.

Lowndes County Coroner admits he wasn't contacted by the sheriff's office until hours after the the body was discovered which goes against protocol:

Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson has been in contact with the GBI regarding Kendrick’s autopsy, he said. But the Coroner hasn’t enjoyed the same level of cooperation from the sheriff’s office as the GBI, said Watson, who also stated he wasn’t contacted when Kendrick’s body was first discovered.

“This was not fair to the decedent, his family, and the citizens of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Ga. And it’s wrong as rain,” Watson said in January when he spoke to The Times. “You may not want me on your crime scene, but it’s a law. It’s not something you can change your mind about.”

We will continue to follow this story.


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