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    Who Killed Kendrick Johnson


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old teenager in Valdosta, Georgia, was found dead in a rolled up mat in his high school gym in January, according to investigators. Authorities have ruled the death an accident — they say the boy fell into the mat and suffocated -- but the family doesn't believe them.

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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

    Kendrick Johnson was a 17-year-old boy from Valdosta, Georgia, whose death was ruled accidental. Take a look at this picture of him alive next to a picture of him dead and you be the judge. Many people suspect foul play, as his face appears to be beaten. The teen was found upside down in a rolled up mat inside the gym of Lowndes High School. Authorities states he fell into the center of the mats accidentally reaching for his shoe claiming he died because his blood rushed to his head after being in an upside down position for too long. Just hours after Kendrick's death Sheriff Prine states "no foul play" but around April 9,2013 Sheriff Prine changed the status of "no foul play" to " There is no way this went down the way the law officials are portraying. No family should have to deal with this lack of investigation" there is also another break in the case which comes from the coroner Bill Watson whom wasn't called to the crime scene that was led by Sheriff Chris Prine until hours after the body was found. In January Bill Watson spoke to Valdosta Daily Times this is what he stated " This was not fair to the decedent, his family, and the citizens of Valdosta and Lowndes County Ga. And it's wrong as rain". Lowndes High School will not release the footage of Kendrick last seen at school. The Johnson family wants reveal Kendrick's death was no accident he was murdered, they want answers and justice.
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