On January 11, 2013, Kendrick Johnson's body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, where he was a student. A preliminary investigation and autopsy concluded that the death was accidental. There will be no charges filed in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson, the U.S. Justice Department said citing insufficient evidence in the Valdosta, Georgia, case. A medical examiner determined in 2013 that Johnson died of "positional asphyxia" after he was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at Lowndes High School. Officials from the U.S. attorney's office met with Johnson's family and informed them the investigation had concluded, the Justice Department said. Johnson's parents filed a $100 million civil lawsuit against dozens of local and state officials and claim officials helped plot to fake evidence. Former defendants named in the suit have filed to recover nearly $900,000 in attorney’s fees from the family.
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