Local Church Helps Family's Fight to Find Answers about Son's Death

12/9/2013, 10:13 a.m.
A local church community plans to take its fight for answers in a Valdosta teenager's mysterious death to the Capitol ...
Kendrick Johnson, pictured above, was 17 years old when he met his untimely end at a high school gym in Valdosta, Ga. His death has sparked outrage and protest. The circumstances surrounding his death and case remain a mystery.

ATLANTA — The historic Ebenezer Baptist Church members showed a united front in faith alongside Kenneth and Jacqueline Johnson, who lost their 17-year-old son in a mysterious Valdosta, Ga. high school gym mat incident that has been followed by an unfortunate series of horrific and troubling events, per WSB-TV.

At the time of Kendrick Johnson's passing, nearly a year ago, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled his death an accident.

"The reputation of our state is on the line, and we cannot allow Georgia to have a moral and ethical black eye," said Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church Raphael Warnock.

Johnson was found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school, in January of this year.

The gathering Sunday was to not only a show of faith but one of an unrelenting struggle to find the truth as they seek justice for the teen.

"Our message at that rally and our message that afternoon is simple and very clear: The lives of all of our children matter," Warnock said.

Kendrick's parents said few words and only made one request.

"So I'm asking everybody to stand with us as we fight this fight to the get the truth for my son," Jaqueline said.

The Johnson family and its supporters will take their plea to the state Capitol steps Wed, Dec. 11, in order to persuade Gov. Nathan Deal and the state, at large, to further investigate the cause of Kendrick's death.