10 years later: Where the Kendrick Johnson case stands today

It's been 10 years since Kendrick Johnson was found dead at Lowndes High School. WALB News 10 takes a look at his legacy and where his case stands today.
Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 6:52 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2023 at 7:00 PM EST
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - This week marks 10 years since Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a gym mat at Lowndes High School.

Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk closed the case last year, ruling Kendrick had fallen into the vertical mat while trying to retrieve his shoes and got stuck upside-down, and suffocated.

His family — and many others — believe he was murdered and there is a cover-up.

The Johnson family is holding a number of events leading up to Wednesday.

The Johnson family thanks those who support them. They say they’re not fearful, and they’re not going to back down.

10 years after his death at Lowndes High, family and community members remembered Kendrick Johnson through a balloon release