- Posted April 20, 2013 by
Who Killed Kendrick "KJ" Johnson Part 1
The teen's family alleges the local sheriff's department did not follow protocol on the case, according to CNN affiliate WTXL. The final autopsy report stated that the teen died of accidental 'positional asphyxia,' according to a statement from Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine released on Thursday.
'Sheriff Prine continued to express his sorrow for the family and hopes that with the release of the investigative findings, including the medical findings, the family can find the answers they seek and begin the healing process,' said the statement.
As for what it’s like to be in Valdosta these days, Larry Johnson said it's been tough. 'It's emotional because it's my community. … Even though a tragedy happened, to see that many people come out and support someone in the community, it made me proud to be from here,' he said.
- 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" 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.