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Young Boy Dies After Stabbing in Playground
KENTWOOD, MI (CBS2/FOX28) A family in Michigan is mourning a loved one. On Monday night, police say 9-year-old Michael Conner Verkerke was stabbed to death while he was at a playground.
And police say, the boy who stabbed him repeatedly, was just 12-years-old.
Police say Jamarion Lawhorn went up to the boy and stabbed him in the back with a kitchen knife.
Witnesss say they heard screams coming from the park and saw Conner grabbing his back in pain and other kids running away.
The victim's 7-year-old brother was on the playground next to him when it all happened and witnesses say, Conner turned to him after being stabbed and told him he would "love him forever."
Conner stumbled home before he was taken to a hospital where he died.
One man was doing yard work when he says Lawhorn came up to him, right after the stabbing.
12-year-old Lawhorn pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.