As a result of the recently launched federal investigation into the mysterious death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, Kendrick’s former schoolmates and their parents have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury,” CNN reports.The federal investigation was launched four months ago after the parents of the deceased teen protested that the original investigation was mishandled.
“We’re working methodically, and sometimes we remember we’re running a marathon instead of a sprint,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore outside of the courthouse where Johnson’s schoolmates were questioned. “So, we’re working on it. It’s better to get it right than to get it fast. I’m satisfied that the FBI is moving forward at the appropriate speed, and they’re doing a fine job.”
Johnson passed away Jan. 2013. His remains were discovered wrapped up in a gym mat in the Lowndes High School gymnasium. After an initial investigation, authorities ruled his passing as an accidental death caused by “positional asphyxia.” However, Johnson’s family expressed that they believed their son’s death was a homicide and that the suffocation explanation was simply a “coverup.” As for how Kendricks parents feel about the investigation into his death being reopened, Kendrick’s father says he won’t be okay until justice is served.
“We really won’t feel anything until justice comes for Kendrick,” said Kenneth Johnson. “We’re glad they’re here, but my feelings won’t be there until we get justice for our son.”
Kendrick’s mother, Jacquelyn Johnson, however, says she feels better knowing that the case is being re-examined.
“They answered a lot of questions about a lot of what we had heard,” she said. “I felt better because it’s another set of eyes looking into the case.”
Hopefully this federal investigation will reveal what really happened to Kendrick Johnson.