Kendrick Johnson's father believes his son, who was found dead...

Jan 17, 2013 Full story: Daily Mail 120

'We know our son was murdered': Father of teen found dead trapped upside down in wrestling mats at his high school refuses to believe it was accident His body was found in rolled-up mat and initial reports said he fell in while reaching for a shoe The father of the Georgia high school student who died after he got trapped inside a roll of wrestling ... (more)

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james

Milwaukee, WI

#104 May 9, 2013
appalled wrote:
Oh my word. I'm sorry but the last two comments were so full of ignorance both grammatically and information-wise. There is nothing on this boy indicating he was murdered. Quit makiing this a racial issue. They have new information on Trayvon Martin that indicates that he DID IN FACT attack the man who killed him. I am so tired of the black community blaming everything on race. Let's let the investigators get through with the case and then make a judgement.
We dont blame everthing on race but you do have to realize that there is a racial component to everthing in this country . Everthing is not about race but don't dismiss that there urgency to find out what happened to this young man would be diiferent if he was white . Just give it a thought don't be closed minded .
james

Milwaukee, WI

#105 May 9, 2013
moved away wrote:
As a white person I believe the black community just wants answers. My children knew Kendrick. I don't believe he fell into a mat. I understand the anger of not knowing what happened to your child but we need to have faith that the police will get to the bottom of it. All this hate being brought forth won't make things happen faster. Making this a race issue won't make anyone feel better either. I just wonder if anything other than an accident is ever brought forth and it is found that another black person committed this crime against this young man, if the family will apologize to the white community that they are throwing hate towards. I just wish as a nation we could come together as one in fighting for truth and not putting hate into it and thinking its ok. We are a country in need of respect towards our fellow people. I pray answers can be found and I pray this family that lost their loved one can find peace and allow this young man to rest in peace. There is so much violence and I pray we find a way to teach our youth to be better then what we have become.
I agree but that will never happen until we really fix the race issue . As a black man i can see where white people would think black people always think it's about race . But i think white people dismiss things or situations that could very well be racially motivated . Until we choose to understand each other and see things from a point of view other then our own this will not change . If his family accused the white community and it turn out to be someone black or a accident they should apologize .
james

Milwaukee, WI

#106 May 10, 2013
Cowboy wrote:
This story makes no sense, it has nothing to do with his skin color.
I would expect there to be security cameras that show something; who he was with or if he was alone. But it really sounds like a prank gone wrong. Somebody took his shoe and threw it in the hole and left him to get it out himself. Kids talk and I believe if anyone was involved that the cops will find out.
That said; please people, learn how to spell and properly put together a sentence.
Ghetto speak keeps you in the ghetto. If you want to be taken seriously by people outside of the ghetto you have to talk normal. Keep the ebonics at home.
People should learn how to speak and spell properly . But i find it incredibly ignorant of you to assume they are from the ghetto because of errors in grammar or spelling . I'm just saying a lot of kids today speak and spell horrible not just kids from the ghetto .
shawda johnson

Richmond, IN

#107 May 10, 2013
I have followed this story, I don' believe this was a freak accident, someone has murdered this young man & the school, local authorities are covering it up. I pray for justice for this Family... Don't give up continue to search for the answers. Someone knows something! How does a talented young man just die in school, why did the teachers noticed he wasn't in any other classes? IS THIS A RACIAL SITUATION? I PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY

Since: Oct 12

Fitzgerald, GA

#108 May 10, 2013
shawda johnson wrote:
I have followed this story, I don' believe this was a freak accident, someone has murdered this young man & the school, local authorities are covering it up. I pray for justice for this Family... Don't give up continue to search for the answers. Someone knows something! How does a talented young man just die in school, why did the teachers noticed he wasn't in any other classes? IS THIS A RACIAL SITUATION? I PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY
you don't know what your talking about its sad he died but it was accident not a racist plot there are 3000 students in that school why does it fall on the teachers why would they cover it up? What would it gain?
Billy Redneck

Phoenix, AZ

#110 May 11, 2013
Among other things it's called "winning the minority lottery." First you have to deny any and all facts and invent a conspiracy. Then you have to include race in it. Lastly, sue the police, the school, the manufacturer of the mats and anyone else you can think of. Eventually you'll get some money so you can buy a cadillac and die of a drug overdose. Congratulations!
Jenna Talia

Americus, GA

#111 May 11, 2013
It is simply amazing to me at the inability people have to actually THINK rational thoughts in this town. Has it ever occured to any of you how unrational, and incredibly ignorant one would have to be to actually believe that this young K. Johnson was murdered, and the sherrif department is covering it up.
Are you really so ignorant as to think that THE ENTIRE SHERRIF DEPARTMENT is involved in a conspiracy this big? Really? That would mean that even the black officers, and black detectives too, are conspiring to cover the murder of one of their own people. Really? You are THAT ignorant?

Do you believe that in the entire department that not one person is willing to blow the whistle on a HUGE conspiracy? Not even one? Really? Are you that ignorant?

You actually believe that the GBI, who has prosecuted police officers in the past for much lesser crimes, just decided to co-conspire with the LCSD to cover up a murder too? Are you that ignorant?

Do you actually believe that Lowndes County School system and its entire faculty are also conspiring to cover a murder? The whole school system, and NOT ONE person can stand and say, "THIS IS A LIE! HERE IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!" Do you really believe that it is possible to put together a conspiracy this big without ONE person blowing it by running their big mouth? Really? You are that ignorant?

You actuall believe that, that large of a student body (many who can't keep their mouths shut about anything (they will tell the world when they pass gas on Facebook)), and yet they too, are part of this GREAT CONSPIRACY!!! Lol! You have got to be kidding me!!!

Human nature can't even keep a secret about what someone is getting for Christmas, and you think that the Sherrif department, and ALL of it's employees (yes, even the black ones), the G.B.I. and all of their employees (even the black ones), the entire school system with all of their employees (even the black ones), the student body of the entire school (even the black ones), and they are ALL keeping this concpiracy together. If you can believe that, please tell Santa that I want him to bring everyone a brain, and please tell the easter bunny that when he brings chocolate to please note that I do like the crunchy kind.
Anonymous

Mercersburg, PA

#112 May 12, 2013
His face looked the way it did because when you die, blood pools in the lowest spot. He was upside down. All of his blood pooled in his face causing it to bruise and contort. Furthermore, the presumably hot and humid environment inside the mat would accelerate the breakdown and liquefaction of subcutaneous fat causing additional changes to the appearance of the body. Just because you can't grasp these facts doesn't mean no one else can.
Rae

Baltimore, MD

#113 May 19, 2013
RealityBites wrote:
I think you meant to say "...you have to talk normally."
Actually, "speak normally" would have been a better choice. It is just as important to keep the redneck English at home.
Did he say "ghetto speak"?
Rae

Baltimore, MD

#114 May 19, 2013
I'm really trying to be objective when I read these reports about Kendrick, but I can't understand something. How come the only people that address the bruises/lacerations are his family and their supporters? Why aren't investigators investigating these obvious signs of violence?
Rae

Baltimore, MD

#115 May 19, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
His face looked the way it did because when you die, blood pools in the lowest spot. He was upside down. All of his blood pooled in his face causing it to bruise and contort. Furthermore, the presumably hot and humid environment inside the mat would accelerate the breakdown and liquefaction of subcutaneous fat causing additional changes to the appearance of the body. Just because you can't grasp these facts doesn't mean no one else can.
Oh... Was that information in the autopsy report?
BJGY

Americus, GA

#116 May 21, 2013
Jenna Talia wrote:
It is simply amazing to me at the inability people have to actually THINK rational thoughts in this town. Has it ever occured to any of you how unrational, and incredibly ignorant one would have to be to actually believe that this young K. Johnson was murdered, and the sherrif department is covering it up.
Are you really so ignorant as to think that THE ENTIRE SHERRIF DEPARTMENT is involved in a conspiracy this big? Really? That would mean that even the black officers, and black detectives too, are conspiring to cover the murder of one of their own people. Really? You are THAT ignorant?
Do you believe that in the entire department that not one person is willing to blow the whistle on a HUGE conspiracy? Not even one? Really? Are you that ignorant?
You actually believe that the GBI, who has prosecuted police officers in the past for much lesser crimes, just decided to co-conspire with the LCSD to cover up a murder too? Are you that ignorant?
Do you actually believe that Lowndes County School system and its entire faculty are also conspiring to cover a murder? The whole school system, and NOT ONE person can stand and say, "THIS IS A LIE! HERE IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!" Do you really believe that it is possible to put together a conspiracy this big without ONE person blowing it by running their big mouth? Really? You are that ignorant?
You actuall believe that, that large of a student body (many who can't keep their mouths shut about anything (they will tell the world when they pass gas on Facebook)), and yet they too, are part of this GREAT CONSPIRACY!!! Lol! You have got to be kidding me!!!
Human nature can't even keep a secret about what someone is getting for Christmas, and you think that the Sherrif department, and ALL of it's employees (yes, even the black ones), the G.B.I. and all of their employees (even the black ones), the entire school system with all of their employees (even the black ones), the student body of the entire school (even the black ones), and they are ALL keeping this concpiracy together. If you can believe that, please tell Santa that I want him to bring everyone a brain, and please tell the easter bunny that when he brings chocolate to please note that I do like the crunchy kind.
WOw! I couldn't have said it any better myself! Great points. One idiot judged it clueless, but did not bother to answer any of your points. They are the ones that couldn't buy a clue.
yeah yeah yeah

Davenport, IA

#117 May 22, 2013
I can only say one thing. I am glad that the coroner gets along with the sheriffs department when I work. The coroner is called right away, not hours later. Had this happened their would have been a lot less questioning on this matter.
Truth

Waterlooville, UK

#119 Oct 19, 2013
Well I heard he was messing with some white girl, in which case haha white power, take that.
when blacks leave whites alone there will be peace
MaKayal Washington

Jacksonville, FL

#120 Oct 23, 2013
Kweyeshawn Rapgood wrote:
If this have been whiteboy they have been a lot more looked at as far as this case go.
....The same thing happened to Emmett Till. They reported that nothing happened and they proved that two white people had killed him. Nobody face just end up like that. Just because nobody has came forth doesn't mean that foul play didn't happened. Look up your facts.
Toad Armstrong

Valdosta, GA

#121 Oct 23, 2013
MaKayal Washington wrote:
<quoted text>....The same thing happened to Emmett Till. They reported that nothing happened and they proved that two white people had killed him. Nobody face just end up like that. Just because nobody has came forth doesn't mean that foul play didn't happened. Look up your facts.
Take the GROTESQUE, MORBID picture of KJ to a real Doctor and ask if blood pooling in one head for over 20 hours can cause this. I think you will find this has nothing to do with Emmett Till. And it will be worth ever dollar you pay the Doctor.
Toad Armstrong

Valdosta, GA

#122 Oct 23, 2013
MaKayal Washington wrote:
<quoted text>....The same thing happened to Emmett Till. They reported that nothing happened and they proved that two white people had killed him. Nobody face just end up like that. Just because nobody has came forth doesn't mean that foul play didn't happened. Look up your facts.
PS; Shands is a teaching hospital there in Jacksonville. It would be very interesting to see what the Doctors there would have to say about KJ's picture. Over 20 hours of blood pooling in one's head. Just ask them.
Seriously

West Liberty, IA

#123 Oct 23, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
His face looked the way it did because when you die, blood pools in the lowest spot. He was upside down. All of his blood pooled in his face causing it to bruise and contort. Furthermore, the presumably hot and humid environment inside the mat would accelerate the breakdown and liquefaction of subcutaneous fat causing additional changes to the appearance of the body. Just because you can't grasp these facts doesn't mean no one else can.
For the factually challenged who tells others, ironically to "look up their own facts."
Toad Armstrong

Valdosta, GA

#124 Oct 24, 2013
gmbgst wrote:
This has nothing to do with race somethings off about this story seriously. I never knew you could die trying to get your shoe out of a rolled wrestling mat??? Its something about the situation bring with held from the public it just has to be; regardless this is really sad.
Can being upside down for too long kill you?

1.When you are vertically upside down. The pressure (=density x gravity x height) greatly increases within your blood vessels as there is now a column of blood originating in your legs passing vertically down into your cerebral vasculature where it is then under high pressure due to the height above it. Your brain's blood vessels can withstand forces of up to 3g, whereas the blood vessels in your foot can experience around 9g.

Your veins begin to dilate & fill with blood and the vessels may burst and cause your hemorrhage!. You may die of a stroke from stasis of the blood (take a few hours)

2.Eventually, you do die. First though, the blood rushes to your head. You feel pressure. After a while, the blood begins to pool and expand the capillariesí of the brain. Once that happens, you start to really feel light headed. Once the blood pools in the expanded capillaries , your heart fails to provide enough proficiency to keep the blood pumping. Once that happens, blood clots start to form and begin to starve the brain of much needed oxygen. At that point, you start losing motor skills and, eventually, you will start losing involuntary muscle skills... like keeping your heart beating, etc... then you die.
3.After 3 hours a person would be in enough trouble to die immediately if they had an aneurysm. If still alive, they would start losing consciousness at around 10 to 12 hours. At 20 to 24 hours the hemorrhages in his head would kill them.

Rising blood pressure and multiple strokes caused by the venous hemorrhaging in the skull would cause death.

The worst case is probably when the body is entirely vertical and upside down. If someone merely had their feet raised slightly above their head, their outlook may not be so bad.
Toad Armstrong

Valdosta, GA

#125 Oct 24, 2013
Why does your face bloat real bad when you are upside down?
This is because your tissues and blood vessels are designed to provide a certain amount of blood to each area of your body, but this assumes that your body is in the "normal" position. Because gravity usually pulls blood to the bottom of your body, the blood vessels supplying your feet are less elastic than those going to your face. If you think as both your feet and your face as being two balloons - your feet are less stretchy, and require more pressure to inflate, so when you're upright, they don't bloat up with blood. Your face on the other hand doesn't normally experience that extra pressure due to gravity, so it's more stretchy; so when your face is at the bottom it bloats up with blood like blowing up a balloon.

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