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Tuesday July 7th, 2015 1:42PM

NAACP to rally for new inquiry in Ga. teen's death

By The Associated Press
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia NAACP is calling for a federal investigation into the death of a Valdosta teenager found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his school gym.

Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP, was scheduled to attend a rally and march Saturday in Valdosta calling for the Justice Department to reopen the case of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson.

Lowndes County sheriff's investigators say Johnson's death Jan. 11 was an accident. They say he couldn't breathe after falling into the center of a wrestling mat that had been rolled up behind the gym bleachers.

But a second autopsy by a pathologist hired by Johnson's parents concluded he died from a blow to the neck.

The Justice Department has said it reviewed the case and found insufficient cause for a civil rights investigation.
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