Update: Since this piece was published, the parents of Kendrick Johnson have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against school officials.
Kendrick Johnson was only 17 years old when he died in January. Details surrounding the teen's death are still unclear and raise the question of whether it was caused by a tragic accident or something more sinister.
Johnson was found dead in a gym at Lowndes County High School in Georgia. The original autopsy report ruled Johnson's death an accident, stating that the teen suffocated after getting stuck in a gym mat while reaching for a sneaker. However, Johnson's parents weren't convinced it was an accident, and they got a court order to have their son's body exhumed. The second autopsy report showed the teen's death was not an accident and introduced the possibility of foul play, stating that Johnson had sustained "non-accidental, blunt force trauma." And that wasn't all: The pathologist discovered even more horrific details.
During the first autopsy, internal organs are removed and examined before being returned for burial. But when the private pathologist who conducted the second autopsy on Johnson opened up the teen's remains, the brain, heart, lungs, liver and other viscera were missing. Every organ from the pelvis to the skull was gone and had been replaced with newspaper.
Was Johnson's death an accident or could it have been murder?