It’s been exactly a year since Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson learned that their son, Kendrick, was found dead and rolled up in gym mats at his Georgia high school.
It has been a year full of grief, uncertainty and confusion. A year of spending their days outside the Lowndes County Courthouse waiting for answers regarding their son’s death, initially deemed an accident in the first medical examination.
In fact, the original investigation by the Sheriff’s Office concluded that Kendrick died after suffocating in the mats while reaching for his shoe, but the Johnsons believe the details surrounding their son’s death were mysterious. How did he fit into the gym mats? Where are the school surveillance tapes that show what happened? Why, during a second medical examination, did they find newspaper where Kendrick’s organs should have been?
Now, an entire year later, the family awaits investigation findings from the U.S. attorney review.
“They know something happened in that gym and they don’t want it to come out,” Kenneth Johnson said.
Federal authorities, too, have their doubts about the original investigation’s findings. CNN has learned that the FBI has been in South Georgia conducting interviews, and the Johnsons recently spent almost three hours with investigators at an FBI field office in Thomasville, an hour west of their hometown.
U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore said in November that federal authorities would investigate Johnson’s death, and last month, the FBI seized the original hard drives from the surveillance system at Lowndes High School, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation surrounding the hard drives.
“I looked at the crime scene investigation, evidence collection, the autopsy, the interviews that were done and were not done in a timely fashion. This is a sloppy case from the get-go,” Brooks said.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest findings in this tragic case.
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SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Family Handout