October 11th, 2013
09:33 AM ET

Gym Mat Death Shocker: Body Stuffed With Newspaper

The death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was awful enough for his parents. Then came the doubts about investigators' conclusion that it was an accident.

But the discovery that their son's body and skull had been stuffed with newspaper before burial added a horrific new dimension to their anguish and further fueled their skepticism of the official findings.

"We have been let down again," his father, Kenneth Johnson, told CNN. "When we buried Kendrick, we thought we were burying Kendrick, not half of Kendrick."

Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a gym at Lowndes County High School in January. State medical examiners concluded that the three-sport athlete suffocated after getting stuck in a rolled-up gym mat while reaching for a sneaker.

CNN's Sunny Hostin joined "New Day" Friday to speak about the case. "I'll tell you something isn't right here, it doesn't make sense," she said.



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  1. chrissy

    This whole story has been disgusting beginning to end. My heart goes out to these parents and i cannot even fathom the hell they must be going thru. I certainly hope authorities get to the bottom of this and that all parties are punished to the max!

    October 12, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply

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