Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 15, 2013

Friends of ‘KJ’ honor Lowndes sophomore

VALDOSTA — Students at Lowndes High School dressed in black and marched from the cafetorium to Viking Stadium to honor their fellow student Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead in the campus gymnasium Friday morning.

Students and faculty remembered Johnson, 17, a sophomore, as a “good kid” who was “soft spoken” during the short walk across the lawn and parking lot. About 600 students participated in the event, which was carried out with solemnity and grief.

In the stadium, students reportedly held a moment of silence and prayed for Johnson’s family and for the school, said Zack Copeland, the student who organized the event over social media Web sites Facebook and Twitter under the username BiggieNoSmalls_.

“It went great,” Copeland said. “We raised money for KJ and we did the march and everything was a complete success.”

Copeland, a member of Lowndes’ varsity football team, posted a public invitation Monday afternoon to “part two” of the vigil Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the old gym. He and other friends of “KJ” will host a candlelight ceremony for the family.

“KJ was a football player, a teammate and a close friend,” Copeland said. “He was someone I could call my little brother. He had a great personality. He was just a quiet kid. Lovable, caring and easy to get along with.”

During the walk, senior Jada Gibson said she was walking in memory of Johnson. Her friends, seniors Terrie Robinson and Quanesha Carter agreed that Johnson was an affable student who was “very quiet.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ARociewilliams_002.jpg Woman shares nearly a century of lessons

    With nearly 100 years of life under her belt, Ocie Viola Williams has plenty of advice to share with the world. Her top two pieces of advice: know the importance of education and don’t expect a teacher to raise your child for you. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • psst1 photo page copy.jpg PSST! finishes peachy season

    Peach State Summer Theatre concluded its 2014 season Sunday, a season which broke attendance records for the professional musical theatre company.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • sabalmap.jpg Sabal Trail explains its position

    Representatives from Sabal Trail Transmission recently sat down with The Times to provide an update on the ongoing pipeline and potential economic development opportunities associated with the project.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072514-MoodyComp007.jpg Moody AFB crews race in load competition

    Moody Air Force Base hosted a weapons load competition Friday morning, a maintenance group tradition in which two 23d Maintenance Group A-10 munition load crews raced against the clock to load munitions onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • moonshine bust.jpg Police close illegal drinking house

    After receiving numerous complaints, the Valdosta Police Department shut down an illegal alcohol sales operation Friday.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • election.jpg Black earns most votes in runoff

    State Rep. Ellis Black led the votes for state Senate District 8 Friday with seven of seven counties reporting certified results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724-LAT1.jpg Little Actors Theatre ready for summer show

    Since 2004, the Little Actors Theatre has provided a place for children ages 6 to 19 to express themselves through acting.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results