Shocking new details in 9-year-old stabbing death

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Kentwood, Mich.--The 24-page petition of Jamarion Lawhorn reveals many disturbing details about the case. Lawhorn didn't even know Michael Connor Verkerke, and still inflicted 4 stab wounds and one laceration to his left arm from an 8-inch kitchen knife.

"It just made me wonder what could two young children possibly have that big of a conflict about?" said Adam Zachow who lives across the street from the Verkerkes.

Zachow' children would play with Connor regularly. Zachow asking the same question many others are pondering, and the new petition isn't providing answers that make any sense to neighbors.

According to the petition, Lawhorn  told ambulance crews he took Connors life because, "he had been planning something like this for almost a year, and that he wanted to take someone with him when he killed himself."

Lawhorn's suicidal thoughts were something that became apparent to witnesses like Glen Stacy, who let Jamarion use his phone that day to call the police.

"He asked to use a cell phone because he didn't have one on him. He approached my house. I assumed he was calling his mother, and low and behold he was calling 911 to say, 'I say I stabbed someone come pick me up and I want to end my life,'" said Stacy.

Jamarion had a plan to end his own life by taking someone else's. He said, "he wanted to die and thought if he were arrested he would be put on the electric chair or given lethal injections because he saw it on TV."

Stacy saw this first hand when the police rushed past Lawhorn to get to the scene where the 9-year-old was fighting for his life.

"I stayed over with him and he's yelling come pick me up I'm right here! Hurry up," said Stacy.

Police state that when they came over to talk to Jamarion, he exclaimed "Finally!" Jamarion then gestured by putting his wrists up as to motion to be handcuffed.

In all the interviews that Jamarion had with police they say he remained stone-faced with little remorse for what he had done. Authorities recall a single tear after his mom had told him he would be going away for a long time for what he had done. However, the officer said shortly after his mother left the room he went back to showing no expression. He told authorities he did it because he wanted to go to jail.

Neighbors and friends say this senseless act leaves memories on this playground that were once happy and fun, but now are tainted forever.

Lawhorn's mother was asked if he had show violent acts in the past. She said nothing that raised any red flags. Then she mentioned as a child  he lit things on fire including her bed.

Jamarion also stated he was made fun of a lot being called quote "black" and "dumb" by other children.

Lawhorn is being charged as an adult in juvenile court for open murder and is expect to be back in court Monday.



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  • mk

    Obviously he’s mentally unfit and needs help everyone understands he took a life, yes, but personally he shouldn’t be in jail he should be in a mental institution. He is sick and locking him up and throwing away the key is not the answer to this. Seriously everyone I know had been taking about this and we all said the same thing. Kids, let alone adults get help for being mentally unstable. Doctors will give you a hundred different pills before they admit you and examine you and that’s why societies are so sick. Seriously this kid knew he did wrong and knew what he was going to do. So how I see it is this could have been prevented by his parents if he would have gotten evaluated instead of going back and forth from state to state. I’ve been following this story and any smart person can tell this was a sick child it had nothing to do with race like people make it out to be. He is sick I feel sorry for the child’s life that was taken but I also feel sorry for the child that never had a life due to his sickness. God bless them and their families.

  • Kenneth Hoodhood

    This creature, to put it mildly, is simply pure evil. The PC people will say he is broke while I say he simply has no soul. He planned this for over a year and simply did it. That isn’t a broke child, this is simply an evil creature. You can’t fix evil. It just exists.

  • Brandine Butlicker

    It’s too bad his parents were losers and refused to watch him like real parents.

    And who lets a 9 year-old play alone without a parent? That should be neglect!

    • Ruth

      What, a parent shouldn’t let their child out of house unless there’s an adult them? That’s a rather inane comment Brandine.

    • t_bell40

      The news keeps saying “at a park in kentwood”. It was at a private trailer park not a public one. It was in the childs back yard. I wouldn’t be watching my children play in my back yard either. Bu tlicker… a good name for you

  • Smh

    Actually that was a fair statement no child at 9 should be off on a playground without an adult present. Right next door yes, but unattended at a playground, no. There are to many crazies out there these days you have to be prepared for the worse at all times.

  • John Prewett

    Blacks are at bottom of every list involving intelligence.
    Blacks are at top of every list of violent criminality.
    Reason is not “racism”.
    Reason is that on average blacks are lower IQ and more violence prone.
    Search engine: “IQ gap” Of course there is considerable overlap.
    The more violence prone is NOT due to intrinsic moral inferiority.
    It is due to ideological environment American blacks are steeped into from birth.
    Federal government officially endorsed ideology that teaches
    blacks are victims of white oppression and whites collectively are to blame.
    Enactment of “Affirmative Action” endorsed this “whites are to blame” collective guilt of whites doctrine.
    A significant faction of blacks interpreted this as justification for all manner of crime against the evil white oppressors.
    Also, In the past manual labor was more needed and respected. As society has technologically advanced,
    it has become harder and harder for low IQ people to make a decent honest living.

    This disproportionately destructively impacted Black families.
    Federal government welfare policy also disproportionately destructively impacted Black families.
    Entertainment industry also disproportionately destructively impacted Black families.

    NONE of these destructive factors were created by common whites or blacks.

    They were created by assorted “elites” and imposed on America in spite of opposition
    from many of both colors who warned of their destructive nature.

    • t_bell40

      Wow !!! Lot to digest there. Ultimately, what it comes down to with me, a person 12yrs old knows right from wrong. I believe someone knew this child was disturbed and should have alerted someone. I can not imagine the nightmare that the Verkerke’s live every day. I pray that God gives them some kind of peace in time.

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