Parents of Kendrick Johnson Speak Out On One Year Anniversary Of Son's Death

By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
By: Winnie Anne Wright Email

Winnie Anne Wright
January 10, 2013

Valdosta, GA - The family of Kendrick Johnson still spend their days outside of the Lowndes County Courthouse, protesting the death and remembering the life of the boy everyone lovingly knew as "KJ". A year after his death, his parents, Jackie and Kenneth Johnson are still fighting to find out exactly what happened to their son on Janurary 10, 2013.

"We will never feel the same. It will never be the same, but we know a lot more than we did a year ago. More and more evidence has come out that clearly shows that it was a cover-up", says Kenneth Johnson, KJ's Father.

It was one year ago that KJ died here at Lowndes High School. He wouldn't be found until the next day, January 11, when a student caught a glimpse of his feet sticking out of a rolled up mat in the school's gym.

The Johnson family will celebrate KJ's life with a memorial event Saturday, the day Kendrick's body was discovered in the school.

"Kendrick was a loving son who we cherish and miss the most, and we want to just celebrate tomorrow for his memory, his fun times, playing ball, his friends, and everybody to come out and stand and just help celebrate the life of Kendrick Johnson", says Jackie Johnson, Kendrick's Mother.

Friends, family, and supporters are invited to attend the event tomorrow at John W. Saunders Memorial Park at 1151 River Street, in Valdosta. The program will begin at noon and will include a celebration of KJ's life.

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