Target: Director James Comey
Goal: Ensure a transparent and unbiased investigation is conducted surrounding the death of teenager Kendrick Johnson
The death and case surrounding Kendrick Johnson has been one marred with questions about the conduct of both the police and the mortician. Johnson was found dead in his school’s gym, his body rolled up into a mat. Investigators ruled that the teenager, who was a three sport athlete, died by his own hand by reaching up for his own shoe. The investigators interviewed 111 people, including 18 on the day that Johnson’s body was found, and still stand with their original determination for the teenager’s death.
However, Johnson’s family did not believe this ruling and got permission from a judge to exhume the teenager’s body for an independent autopsy paid at their expense. The second autopsy revealed something shocking – Johnson’s heart, brain, liver, and lungs were missing, replaced with newspaper to fill the cavity. While the practice of filling a body this way is not illegal, it is not practical for a mortician to do so. Typically, the cavity is filled with sawdust, embalming compounds and hardening compounds. What has also traumatized the family is that the funeral home does not have the organs, nor does its staff know where they are. The autopsy also revealed that Johnson received blunt force trauma to the right of his neck and soft tissues. Contradicting statements from the funeral home and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that the organs were returned to the body, with the funeral home later stating that the organs were destroyed and discarded.
The Johnson family is now relying on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to find the truth behind Kendrick Johnson’s death. They want to know if his death was accidental or if it was a murder, why the organs were taken out of the body in the first place, and if the family needs to take someone to court.
Sign this petition and urge the FBI to ensure that this investigation is done transparently and without bias. This family has dealt with this case for over a year, and they are still struggling to find closure and solace.
Dear Director James Comey,
It has come to my attention that the FBI is opening an investigation regarding the case of Kendrick Johnson’s death. I am asking that your organization ensure that this investigation is one that is conducted with transparency and without bias. I too am skeptical about the police who conducted the investigation during Johnson’s death and the funeral home that dealt with his remains.
Please ensure that the family gets the closure and solace necessary for them to continue with their lives. I realize that your organization has already acquired original surveillance footage of the school and conducted interviews. The nation is still keeping tabs on this case and hopes that the truth regarding Kendrick Johnson will be revealed.
[Your Name Here]
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