Kendrick Lamar Johnson was born on October 10, 1995.
Parents: Kenneth and Jacquelyn “Jackie” Johnson
Place of Birth: Valdosta, Georgia.
Facts about Kendrick:
- Loved sports
- good mannered
- jokester by nature
- became a football powerhouse
- athletic ventures.
- He was 5’10 and weigh around 160 pounds
- Played as a power forward in basketball
- Undersized yet physical safety in football
- Loved the Ohio Bobcats and the UNLV Rebels
Back in January of 2013 Johnson's body was found rolled-up in gym mat at Lowndes High School in Valdosta. His parents have long been convinced that he was killed, and they even named suspects in a civil lawsuit.
Federal authorities said Monday they will not bring charges against anyone in the death of Valdosta teenager Kendrick Johnson and declared the long-simmering case closed. That's right you heard me......CASE CLOSED!
"After extensive investigation into this tragic event, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone or some group of people willfully violated Kendrick Johnson’s civil rights or committed any other prosecutable federal crime," a statement from the Justice Department said. "Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed without the filing of federal criminal charges."
The statement quoted Acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon as saying that the Justice Department as well as the lawyers and investigators on the case "express their most sincere condolences to Kendrick Johnson’s parents, family, and friends. We cannot imagine the pain of their loss, or the depths of their sorrow. We regret that we were unable to provide them with more definitive answers about Kendrick’s tragic death.”
Local and state investigators ruled Johnson’s death an accident, theorizing that he became trapped in the mat while reaching for a pair of sneakers. The Johnsons have maintained the GBI, school officials and local law enforcement conspired to cover up their son’s killing, and in the civil lawsuit they alleged Kendrick was murdered by Brian Bell, a classmate at Lowndes High School and the son of an FBI agent.
Bell’s attorney, Jason Ferguson, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in March that the FBI cleared his client of any involvement in Johnson’s death but the agency has declined comment.
Witnesses and surveillance footage place Brian and his older brother Branden, also implicated at one time by the Johnsons, away from the old gymnasium at Lowndes High where Kendrick was last seen alive. Branden Bell, according to teammates, his coach and the bus driver, was en route to a wrestling tournament in Macon at the time. School cameras captured Brian in class on the other side of the sprawling campus.
As a parent myself, there are a lot of unanswered questions and I would not be okay with not having answers.