Four years later, family of Kendrick Johnson still searching for answers

By: Noelani Mathews
January 11, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) – It’s been four years since the friends and family of Kendrick Johnson learned about his death.

This week, the Johnson family and supporters observed KJ’s Fourth Annual Memorial Weekend.

The 17-year-old student was found dead in a rolled up gym mat at Lowndes High School on Jan. 11, 2013.

In May, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office closed the investigation and ruled the death as a freak accident. KJ's parents were not convinced, and believed their son was murdered.

In October of 2013, a federal investigation was opened into the teen's death.

After two years with no answers, the Johnson family filed a $100 million wrongful death suit against a long list of local authorities and students.

They dropped the suit more than a year later in March of 2016.

In June 2016, the federal investigation into KJ’s death was closed with no new findings to suggest that he had been murdered. Two months later, the Johnsons filed a new lawsuit.

It was a complaint for damages in federal court.

Wednesday, the Johnson's wrap up their son’s fourth memorial weekend, saying they will continue to fight for justice for KJ.

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