VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Events commemorating the death of Valdosta teen Kendrick Johnson began today, and conclude on Sunday.
Johnson was found dead in a rolled up gym mat at Lowndes County High School on January 11, 2013. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, along with state investigators, ruled the death was an accident, saying Johnson reached in to get a shoe and got stuck.
But Johnson's parents believe he was murdered, and have since raised questions about two brothers whose father was a federal agent. An independent pathologist hired by the family concluded that the teen died from "unexplained, apparent non-accidental blunt force trauma."
There was a rally and protest Friday morning at the Lowndes County Judicial Complex.
Friday night at 6:00, there will be a screening of "Unfortunate," a documentary focused on Johnson, followed by a question and answer panel discussion on community violence.
At 10:00AM Saturday, they will have "KJ Day," at Saunders Park on River Street.
That will be followed by an assembly at 1:00, and a march at 2:00, also at Saunders Park.
At 7:00, the Black & Red Ball will take place at the Rainwater Conference Center. The cost of that event is $25.
On Sunday, there will be a breakfast and church service.
At 1:15, there will be a balloon release and prayer vigil at the grave site.
Kendrick Johnson Facebook page (Contains graphic images)