Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, has joined the family of Kendrick Johnson in their quest for a deeper probe into the teen’s mysterious death.
Johnson was found rolled up in a gym mat at his high school in January. Police initially ruled the death an accident, but a second autopsy conducted by a coroner hired by Johnson’s family discovered additional evidence that says otherwise.
The church embraced the parents of Kendrick Johnson at the pulpit on Sunday in anticipation of a rally this week. “They do not accept the Sheriff’s conclusion that their 17-year-old child, a gifted athlete in three sports, climbed in to a wrestling mat, got stuck trying to get a sneaker and stopped breathing,” said attorney Benjamin Crump.
The Johnson family will stand before the state capital surrounded by members of the Ebenezer congregation, attorneys, Al Sharpton and more on Wednesday. They’re questioning how Johnson’s death investigation was handled, from the autopsy to limited security footage released last month.
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced his plans to investigate Johnson’s death. The rally is set to take place this Wednesday at noon outside the state capital.
Will the presence of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Al Sharpton and other notable activists finally shed some light on the case?
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