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Burlington Police Investigating Death of BHS Student; Identity Released

The Burlington Police Department is saying little about the death of a teenager whose body was discovered late Wednesday night.  Kedarie Johnson, 16, was a student at Burlington High School.

The department said officers responded to the area of S. 4th Street and Walnut Street at 11:36 p.m. following a report of gunshots fired. They found Johnson's body in an alley off the 400 block of Walnut Street.

Major Dennis Kramer would not comment on how the teen died.

"We will not speculate on the manner and cause of death until all facts from the scene and the autopsy have been reviewed," said the BPD.  Kramer said, Friday afternoon, the autopsy was still underway in Iowa City.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Burlington Police Department.


The Burlington community suffered a tragic loss on March 2. It is a very sad day for Burlington Community High School. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Burlington Community School District go out to the family.

BHS will provide grief counselors at the school today and tomorrow to help students and parents deal with their thoughts and feelings associated with the loss. Parents are able to pick up their students.

Please contact the Burlington Police Department if you have any information related to the investigation or for any additional questions.