We’re late again.
Here’s the brief story of Kendrick Johnson.
KJ was a 17 year old high school athlete who resides in Valdosta, Georgia. On January 10, 2013, KJ went to school like normal but sometime during the middle of the day, he went missing. No teachers, students or staff could account for where he went. Kendrick’s concerned father placed a missing person’s report that evening. The following day, KJ was found by school janitors. He was found wrapped inside of wrestling mats inside the gymnasium. Initially, investigators said that KJ got on top of the mats, which were upright, to search for something and fell inside. It is reported that he got stuck and suffocated. However, reportedly there was no sign of a struggle.
Things get strange.
Upon discovering KJ’s dead body, the Lowdens County Sheriff’s Department classified his death as “accidental” and ruled out foul play. However, Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson stated to the media that he wasn’t contacted when Kendrick’s body was first discovered, meaning laws stating “Notification of suspicious or unusual deaths; court ordered medical examiner’s inquiry; written report of inquiry” were broken. Questions begin to circulate as to why the sheriff’s department was acting as the coroner’s office. Conflicting accounts about whether KJ was found inside the mats or beside the mats and then pictures of his face bruised, lacerated, swollen and beat in surfaced.
Its been 15 weeks and the family still has not seen a autopsy report. Lowndes High School will not release the footage of Kendrick last seen at school.
This is beyond shady and action needs to happen to get some answers and more importantly, justice for this family. Kendrick’s mother put a recent photo of him beside a picture of him post-mortem forcing us to question the “accidental” death ruling. This photo is floating around the internet but this story has failed to capture the attention of mainstream media and news outlets. It’s our duty to get Kendrick’s story told. He deserves his death to be fully investigated so his family can receive closure.
A picture comparing Emmett Till’s gruesome, open casket photo alongside Kendrick’s autopsy picture has also surfaced. Can we say that KJ’s death is racially motivated? Not yet, however, the shady cover up is something worth investigating.
We need answers. We need justice.
Graphic image of how Kendrick was found below the cut. :(