As protesters around the country continue their effort to bring justice for George Floyd after he was killed by a police officer, other efforts of social justice have come to the forefront. One of those cases involves Kendrick Johnson, a Black teenager who was found dead in a wrestling mat inside of his high school gym.

According to ABC 27, Johnson was a student-athlete at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, when he died in 2013. An autopsy concluded his death was an accident. Johnson's family, however, believes he was murdered, and they're still fighting to figure out what really happened.

"My son got into an altercation and it led up to his death," Kendrick's mom, Jacquelyn Johnson, told ABC 27. 


Inspired by the movement for Floyd, many people are now coming forward to support Johnson's family in finding justice. An online petition to reopen the case has garnered more than 1 million signatures so far. The petition alleges Johnson's peer, Brian Bell, killed the 17-year-old because he had become jealous of Johnson's popularity at school. 

"Both Brian Bell and Ryan Hall, who is Brian Bell’s friend, had met Kendrick Johnson in the gym and then Brian Bell killed Kendrick Johnson," the petition stated. "Brian Bell has also stated that he killed Kendrick Johnson multiple times over the phone."

Attorney Benjamin Crump shared the petition on Twitter last week, saying the late teen's "killer was never held accountable."

"What happened to #KendrickJohnson in 2012 is HORRIFIC, yet his killer was never held accountable," Crump wrote. "Please sign this petition & spread the word that federal authorities need to reopen this case, so Kendrick & his family can get the justice they deserve!!"