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Parents of teen found in Valdosta gym mat hold rally

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The parents of a south Georgia teen found dead inside of a wrestling mat took their pleas for help to the governor.

Kendrick Johnson's family held a rally in their son's honor on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon.

They want Gov. Nathan Deal to order a coroners' inquest into the teen's death.

"We want the findings to be changed from an accident to a homicide. That's what it is, a homicide," said one of the speakers.

The rally featured an array of speakers including the teen's former classmates, State Sen. Vincent Fort and Martin Luther King III, among many others.

The crowd was asked to chant, "Who killed KJ?" the question Kendrick Johnson's parents, Jacquelyn and Kenneth Johnson, have been asking since he was found dead.

The teen's parents addressed the crowd briefly, reiterating their beliefs that their son was murdered.

Christopher and Staci Wise made the drive form Valdosta to attend the rally.

"We are here because we have been following this story and we want to support the parents. We have children and we want justice for Kendrick," said Staci Wise.

Kendrick Johnson's body was found rolled up in a wrestling mat in Valdosta and his death was ruled accidental by the state.

Not believing results, the teen's family hired a private pathologist who determined Kendrick Johnson's cause of death to be blunt force trauma.

Kendrick Johnson's body was exhumed and all his vital organs were missing, replaced by newspaper.

Jacquelyn and Kenneth Johnson believe their son was killed and someone is working very hard to cover up his murder.

The rally closed with an announcer asking those in attendance to help take the fight back to Valdosta. That rally is set for Jan. 11, 2014.

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