Valdosta, Georgia — On Jan 11, 2013, the dead body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found inside a rolled-up gym mat in the gymnasium at Lowndes High School. The body was upside down and the mat was propped against a wall.
According to local authorities, is it suspicious? Yes. Was it murder? Unlikely. And with no clear evidence of murder, the local authorities have largely ruled this young man’s death an accident.
It’s been over two years, and still no arrests have been made — not even a single clue in solving the lingering mystery of how this young man ended up dead.
Death Scene Video Recorded by Lowndes County Investigators (Warning: Graphic!):
His parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, maintain that their son’s death was no accident. And have since filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the school district.
In the lawsuit, they insist their son was a victim of bullying and was killed by one or more students in the school. The parents say school officials knew about the bullying but turned a blind eye and failed to do anything about it.
Amid claims of witness tampering, a federal grand jury is currently investigating his death. And US Marshals have seized cell phones, laptops, and cameras — in hopes of finding a clue which might help explain how this young man ended up dead — upside down in a rolled up gym mat.