Kendrick Johnson Case Reopened: 17-Year-Old was Found Dead at School Gym in 2013

Lashaun Turner
2 min readMar 10, 2021


Kendrick Johnson Case Reopened: 17-Year-Old  was Found Dead at School Gym in 2013

The body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found rolled up inside a gym mat in his school’s gymnasium back in 2013. Local authorities believe Kendrick died while trying to reach into the mat to retrieve a pair of sneakers.

His parents Jacqueline and Kenneth Johnson, say Kendrick was murdered. In 2016, the Department of Justice closed the case citing “insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges,” but after rallies and protests, have reopened the investigation.
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Death of Kendrick Johnson (wiki)
On January 11, 2013, the body of Kendrick Johnson (October 10, 1995 — January 10, 2013) was discovered inside a vertical rolled-up mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, in the U.S. state of Georgia, where he was a student. A preliminary investigation and autopsy concluded that the death was accidental.

Johnson’s family had a private pathologist conduct a second autopsy which concluded that Johnson died from blunt force trauma. On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced that his office would open a formal review into Johnson’s death. On June 20, 2016, the US DOJ announced that it would not be filing any criminal charges related to Johnson’s death.

Kendrick Johnson’s family filed a $100 million civil lawsuit against 38 individuals.

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