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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL)–Family members are protesting the death of a teenager found dead at his high school.
Investigators believe 17-year old Kendrick Johnson died after he fell and got stuck inside a rolled up wrestling type mat at Lowndes High school nearly three months ago.
“He ran track,” said Jacquelyn Johnson, Kendrick’s mother. “He played basketball. Football was his passion. He wanted to play for the gators.”
17-years old Kendrick Johnson is supposed to be alive, dreaming of football.
“That’s my child first of all he mean the world to me,” said his mother.
Now all that’s left are the memories and pain of losing him.
The family has all along believed that someone killed him.
They hope this demonstration in downtown Valdosta will help bring justice.
“It should make people come forward with information to tell what really happened,” said Kenneth Johnson, Kendrick’s father.
Based on the preliminary autopsy report, investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office say there weren’t any injuries that showed signs of foul play.
This after a couple of students found Johnson dead inside a rolled up gym mat.
“This is an open case,” said Lowndes County Lt. Stryde Jones. “It’s not closed. We’ve not made a final decision.”
Sheriff deputies say they are still waiting on the final autopsy which includes a toxicology report to show them what exactly Kendrick Johnson died from. Meanwhile his family is filled with grief and anger.
“We know you are hurting but we want to give you the correct information,” said Lt. Jones.
The family hopes they’ll soon know exactly what happened to their son inside the school’s old gym back in January.
The answer lies at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab. No word on when the final autopsy will be completed.