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Best Friend of Gym Mat Death Victim Kendrick Johnson Sent Threatening Messages Hours After Police Discovered the Body

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New reports show that just after the body of teenager Kendrick Johnson was found in a rolled up gym mat, his best friend reportedly received a Facebook message threatening that he too would receive the same fate.

16-year-old Solomon Arrington says that just after learning about the gruesome death of his best friend, he received a message via Facebook saying that he, too, could, “end up in a body bag.”

“I just didn’t want to think about it, really,” said Arrington.

“It was a message that said my son ‘would end up in a body bag,’ and I thought this is nothing to play with,” said Arrington’s mother Keisha Moore. “This is not a joke.”

Moore says that she immediately reported the threats to the police, but they determined that it was nothing serious.

"The detective told me I didn’t have to worry about that person because they knew where he was,” said Moore. “They said they couldn’t do nothing because we live in a different county.”

Lieutenant Stryde Jones of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office maintains that they investigated the report thoroughly and determined that it wasn’t a credible threat.

“They were not threats,” said Lt. Jones. “They were comments made on Facebook, I believe, and we followed up and interviewed those that allegedly made them.”

Moore also says that police came to their home to question her and Arrington while they were looking for Johnson, who had been reported missing at the time, right before they discovered his body.

As Opposing Views recently reported, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a rolled up gym mat at his Valdosta, Georgia high school. Police initially ruled it an accident, saying that he died from “positional asphyxiation,” but upon further investigation by a private pathologist following the initial autopsy done by Georgia police, it was found that blunt force trauma actually killed the boy. This death, the pathologist concluded, was no accident.

“They say that Kendrick Johnson’s death was an accident and that’s completely preposterous,” said the family’s attorney Benjamin Crump. “We’re calling on the Lowndes County Sherriff’s office to release the surveillance video from that day,” Crump said. “As long as they insist on calling this an accidental death, we’ll never know what really happened. We believe he was murdered. This is a real life murder mystery.”

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