After 18 months, no answers from feds in Ga. gym mat death

Apr 19, 2015 2:42 PM by News Staff

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Deep divisions linger over how a south Georgia teenager died before his body was found inside a rolled-up gym mat at school, and a federal investigation that began nearly 18 months ago has yet to provide any answers.

Lowndes High School classmates found 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson dead on Jan. 11, 2013. Sheriff's investigators concluded he died in a freak accident that left him stuck upside down and unable to breathe. Johnson's parents in Valdosta insist he was killed. They have filed a civil lawsuit accusing fellow students who have not been charged with crimes.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore announced the federal investigation Oct. 31, 2013. His office says the case remains open.

The Rev. Floyd Rose, a Valdosta civil rights leader, says it's time for Moore to release his findings.

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