Family members protest death of Lowndes County teen – Tallahassee News | ABC 27 WTXL: News


Family members protest death of Lowndes County teen – Tallahassee News | ABC 27 WTXL: News.

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.

13 responses to this post.

  1. My condolences for the loss of your great son. Please whatever you do, never stop fighting for the truth! It will set you free. A psalm of David: Psalm 23; The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the path of righteousness
    for his name sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. May God Bess you and your family.



    • Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words and prayer. I will never give up and the evidence is growing in the case. If the coroner would cooperate, it would have been resolved in 2007 and a community protected from a possible lethal chemical release. The community will never know if they are still at risk or it was only a target for Ray to die from a dose of poison.

      God bless and stop back again.



  2. Justice is certainly a scary non-event in your country! We watch TV series Law and Order etc and the legal system seems to work so well! I am shocked at what on I read about the lack of justice on the blogosphere! You are doing an amazing job creating awareness of the problem I hope that you too will find Justice for your Raymond. Hugs xx



  3. they ruled he rolled himself up ?



    • Would seem so – can you imagine a scenario where this would/could happen an no one would suspect that a person was inside the roll? Selectiv justice turns a blind eye once again.

      God bless.



  4. I so hurt for his family, it is a disgrace that something so obvious has to prolong the pain. How does one role themselves up in a wrestling mat and for what purpose….? they don’t.



  5. What a nightmare..



    • Nightmare it is, I can sympathise with the family. It has been 5 1/2 years since my son was discovered by a neighbor in Souderton, PA, Tox reports list two lethal chemicals in his system – the coroner refuses to allow a death investigation.



  6. Unattended death requires a medical examiner death investigation. No foul play can’t be determined until AFTER a complete autopsy, toxicology and pathology reports are completed and examined by competent and board certified forensic physicians have given their written opinion based on these tests.



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