Michael Conner Verkerke, 9, Dies After Playground Stabbing, 12-Year-Old Held
Michael Conner Verkerke, 9, Dies After Playground Stabbing, 12-Year-Old Held (Free Press Video Screengrab)

Michael Conner Verkerke, 9, died after being stabbed by another boy at a playground Monday night in the 400 block of Bellewood SE in Pinebrook Village mobile home park in Kent County, MI. Police identify Jamarion Lawhorn as the 12-year-old who fatally stabbed Verkerke.

Police said four children were playing when one of the kids pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed Michael Verkerke, the Detoit Free Press reports.

Verkerke was able to run back to his home and was taken by EMS to the hospital, where he later died.

The 12-year-old boy who stabbed Michael Verkerke later called police and turned himself in for his actions. He is currently being held at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police have not disclosed a motive for what led the Jamarion Lawhorn to fatally stab Michael Conner Verkerke.