Tragedy strikes more often than we may like to acknowledge it. It comes for everyone, in small and significant amounts. Some of the most harrowing tragedies to look over are ones that happen to the youth.
Kids who are still growing, still learning, still, approach adulthood being cut down in their primes for seemingly unknown reasons.
Some are unhappy accidents, unfortunate reminders that no matter how protective a parent is, the world may not respect them.
Some are more direct; hormonal feuds went out of control that leads to death at the similarly young hands.
Some tragedies are mysteries. The death of Kendrick Johnson shook the state of Georgia back in 2013. It was an untimely loss of a boy with so much promise to fulfill.
But his parents and friends weren’t so convinced that the matter should be shuttered. The case was recently reopened. Let’s see why.
10 Go Vikings
Kendrick was the youngest of his four other siblings, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, from Valdosta, Georgia. It was a quiet and small town with just over 50,000 residents.
He played on the high school basketball team, The Vikings, and was a well-liked and popular kid in his class.
There was no immediately known or investigated drama among students that led to his mysterious and tragic death.
9 After School Accident
Kendrick failed to return home on January 10th of 2013. He was well-liked enough that his parents didn’t dread their son’s failure to yield.
He had many friends and plenty to do with them after school. It wasn’t until the next day when students assembled in the gym for their daily routines when Kendrick was found.
His body was stuck inside a rolled-up gym mat with his head toward the ground. He had been stuck there all night and suffocated to death.