By Naptime Nancy
Sixteen year old Kendrick “KJ” Johnson’s body was found in a rolled up wrestling mat at Lowndes County High School on January 11th, 2013, in Valdosta, GA. The mat was standing, six feet in height and three feet wide. One student claims that he and Kendrick shared a pair of shoes and that Kendrick must’ve fallen head first in an attempt to retrieve the shoes. Kendrick’s death was initially ruled accidental, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation noting cause of death as “accidental, positional asphyxia”.
The parents of Kendrick Johnson were able to have a second autopsy performed by a private company, to which the report indicated blunt force trauma as the cause of death. The most shocking discovery though, was that all of Kendrick’s vital organs had been removed and his body cavities stuffed with newspaper. His fingernails had also been cut, making it difficult to determine if there was evidence of self defense. In October of 2013, Kendrick’s body was exhumed and the US Department of Justice performed a third autopsy. Blunt force trauma was again ruled the cause of death. Be forewarned that the autopsy photos are easily accessible online and are truly disturbing.
When Lowndes County High School’s surveillance footage was released, forensic surveillance expert, Grant Fredericks, confirmed there were four cameras with approximately an hour’s worth of footage missing from the hard drive. Despite these alarming details, the US Department of Justice closed the case in 2016 and ruled it an accident. Kendrick’s family attempted to sue for wrongful death in order to fight for justice and the truth of what happened to their son, but lost and wound up owing $292,000.00 in legal fees. Talk about going through Hell and back. If you have information indicating that Kendrick Johnson’s death was not an accident, I would recommend turning it into Chevene B. King Jr., the Johnson family’s attorney.
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