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#1 DocM

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:31

http://www.cnn.com/2...ml?c=homepage-t

Town in shock after boy's playground stabbing

(CNN) - A family is grieving and a Michigan community is in shock Wednesday night after a 9-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a playground in his neighborhood this week.

The shock felt in Kentwood, just outside of Grand Rapids, is as much over the sudden and senseless loss of Michael Conner Verkerke as it is over the circumstances of his death: The person accused of stabbing him was a 12-year-old he had just met at the playground.

Conner was playing with three other children Monday "when one of the children, for an unknown reason, pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed one of the other children," a Kentwood Police Department statement said.

Police say the attacker is 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn. A motive, if there is one, is unknown at this point, as the boys were not acquainted, according to Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker.

Lawhorn was charged Tuesday with murder. Though he'll be tried in a juvenile court, it will be as an adult, according to Becker, who added that his office has not yet decided whether the murder charges will be first or second degree.

Charles Boekeloo, Lawhorn's court-appointed attorney, said he met his client for the first time at his arraignment Tuesday but had no further comment. Boekeloo entered a not guilty plea on the youth's behalf.

Police said that after he was stabbed, Conner managed to run back home before he collapsed on the porch. An ambulance rushed him to a hospital, where he died Monday night.

Lawhorn, meanwhile, "left the playground then went to a nearby residence where he asked to use the phone," Kentwood Chief of Police Thomas Hillen said.

"I thought he was calling for his parents to come pick him up," homeowner Glen Stacy told CNN. He wasn't. "He called 911," he said.

Stacy described Lawhorn as "calm and collected" throughout, and that he told the 911 dispatcher, ""Hi, I just stabbed someone, please pick me up and come kill me, I want to end my life."

The boy then calmly handed back the phone with the operator still on the line, according to Stacy, and they waited for police to arrive. "At no point did I feel threatened," he said.

Stacy said that when the first officers arrived on the scene, they ran toward the playground, which was in the opposition direction. That prompted Lawhorn to raise his voice for the first time, according to Stacy.

"Hey! I'm over here!" Stacy said he shouted. "Let's do this. I'm ready," he said as he walked toward them with his hands on his head, Stacy said.
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#2 mudslag

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:44

w.t.f.



#3 Skiver

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:58

Wow, I really don't know what to make of this. That is one troubled 12 year old to behave in such a way.

 

Thoughts are with the family of the victim :(



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:13

And where exactly were his parents at the time?

 

If your kids plays outside with his FRIENDS!!! sure, but in a public playfield then you MUST be with him! While I agree that the kid who stabbed needs to be convicted the parents should be as well!



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:01

And where exactly were his parents at the time?

 

If your kids plays outside with his FRIENDS!!! sure, but in a public playfield then you MUST be with him! While I agree that the kid who stabbed needs to be convicted the parents should be as well!

 

Don't be so daft. Kids go to public playgrounds without their parents, all the time, all around the world.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 13:59

Don't be so daft. Kids go to public playgrounds without their parents, all the time, all around the world.

 

 

This is the prime example that they shouldn't. Not to even mention the pedo-bears out there. But of course, it's always easier to balme everyone else rather than yourself for bad parenting.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 14:46

This is the prime example that they shouldn't. Not to even mention the pedo-bears out there. But of course, it's always easier to balme everyone else rather than yourself for bad parenting.

 

So, because of the extremely rare case, you want to lock all kids in the house and never let them go anywhere without an escort?

 

Might as well not bother having any in the first place, because if you treat them like that, they'll never become independent.

 

Clearly, you have no kids of your own.  Which renders any opinion you might have, irrelevant.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:15

This is the prime example that they shouldn't. Not to even mention the pedo-bears out there. But of course, it's always easier to balme everyone else rather than yourself for bad parenting.

 

So, because of the extremely rare case, you want to lock all kids in the house and never let them go anywhere without an escort?

 

Might as well not bother having any in the first place, because if you treat them like that, they'll never become independent.

 

Clearly, you have no kids of your own.  Which renders any opinion you might have, irrelevant.

I have to agree with FloatingFatman here. 



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:21

Wow, I really don't know what to make of this. That is one troubled 12 year old to behave in such a way.

 

Thoughts are with the family of the victim :(

Agreed. What could have happened to him in his short life that would cause him to act and talk like this? He obviously has some kind of psychosis whether brought on by his lifestyle or simply just born this way. The child needs help, not incarceration. Perhaps a psychological hospital for Children.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:23

Agreed. What could have happened to him in his short life that would cause him to act and talk like this? He obviously has some kind of psychosis whether brought on by his lifestyle or simply just born this way. The child needs help, not incarceration. Perhaps a psychological hospital for Children.

 

I'm going to guess at a LOT of problems at home, possibly abuse of some kind, drove him to lash out in this way.

 

As you say, this kid needs help far more than he needs punishment.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:25

Somehow reminds me of this:

 

 

A very unexpected and shocking scene, just like this news. :(



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:30

Hardly shocking.

 

This sort of news occurs all the time, unfortunately :/

 

Nothing shocks me about human nature any more.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:31

Hardly shocking.

 

This sort of news occurs all the time, unfortunately :/

 

Nothing shocks me about human nature any more.

 

The youth of this country is so screwed up anymore this sort of thing is probably considered to be .... Boys will be boys.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:32

The youth of this country is so screwed up anymore this sort of thing is probably considered to be .... Boys will be boys.

It's the whole world.

 

And it's not gotten worse, things have been the same for thousands of years.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 15:40

Well that's disturbing. :/

It would be interesting to hear what he says his reasoning was. From the article it sounds to me like he was struggling with something and thought that the best way to end things was to hurt someone else to get the full penalty. But at 12 years old?!