I visited his grave on his birthday, and his family had a party – demanding the truth be his gift.
Loved ones remember Kendrick Johnson as a quiet boy who loved sports and had plans to go to college and play football after he graduated from high school. His family celebrated what would have been his 18th birthday Thursday with one person noticeably absent from the occasion — Kendrick, whose life was cut short earlier this year.
The then-17-year-old’s body was found inside a wrestling mat in January at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Investigators say Kendrick Johnson crawled into the mat to retrieve a sneaker and accidentally suffocated. His parents, however, believe foul play was involved. They exhumed his body in June and had an independent autopsy performed, which concluded that the teen died as a result of an “unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma.”
In a video posted to YouTube, a classmate describes seeing kids running at the school the day Kendrick’s body was found.
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