Parents of Valdosta teen demand coroner’s inquest into son’s mysterious death

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the Valdosta teen found dead inside a rolled-up mat in his high school’s gym, have petitioned a judge to order a coroner’s inquest into the cause of death.

“There are so many questionable circumstances in this case that beg to be examined,” Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday.

Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School, was last seen alive Jan. 10 as he walked into the campus’ old gym. His parents don’t accept the GBI’s autopsy that concluded the teen suffocated after he got stuck reaching into an upright mat for a shoe.

A private pathologist hired by the family confirmed their suspicions. Dr. Bill Anderson, in an Aug. 15 report, said Kendrick died from a blow to his face that caused a heart attack.

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