- Posted April 12, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Who Killed Kendrick Johnson
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The teen's family alleges the local sheriff's department did not follow protocol on the case, moving the body and mishandling evidence. The final autopsy report, released May 2, stated that the teen died of accidental suffocation; it's what the preliminary autopsy from January 14 said, too.
One of Kendrick's aunts, Keisha Moore, was one of the many iReporters to bring this story to CNN's attention. Between this iReport and a Facebook tribute page, the Kendrick Johnson story started to spread online. The photo seen on this page was shared widely online, but it was not taken by the submitter.
Moore's son and Kendrick were good friends, she said.
Moore described Kendrick as a sweet, quiet boy, who had dreams of becoming a professional athlete. “He was determined to do his best and be his best,” she told CNN.
The family and members of the Valdosta community have been rallying for answers for months. Moore has been out there too, saying she’s hoping for justice.
“We are just hoping that the truth will come out. It’s hard not sleeping at night not knowing,” Moore said.
Watch videos from a recent rally for Kendrick.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer