The Curious Death of Kendrick Johnson [Updated 10/31/13]

Brandon J Sutton

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“I did not know if the story was factually true or not, but it was emotionally true […].” ― Richard Wright, Black Boy

When Kendrick Johnson was found dead, headfirst in a rolled up gym mat at Lowndes High School in South Georgia, I thought it was highly suspicious that authorities refused to investigate Johnson’s death as a homicide. Lowndes County authorities said the 17 year old had been reaching for his sneaker in a rolled up gym mat when he got stuck in it and suffocated to death.

Now, 10 months after Johnson’s death his parents are still searching for justice. Following Johnson’s death the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found that he died of position asphyxia, leading the Lowndes County Sherriff Office to declare the case closed. Johnson’s parent’s persistence has seemed to pay off after the most recent disturbing details of this story have emerged.

A private…

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