Connor Verkerke’s Family Makes Peace With Killer
The mother and father of a 9-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Kentwood, Michigan, have made peace with the tragic incident and have forgiven their son’s killer. They also plan to honor Connor Verkerke in future memorials and a book will be published about the case. Lawhorn said that Connor will always be remembered. He is determined to do good in the community and has offered his condolences to the victim’s family.
Michael Connor Verkerke was a 9-year-old boy from Kentwood, Michigan, who loved his brothers and friends and loved singing and dancing. He was a member of Cub Scouts. Upon learning of his death, he introduced his friend Jamarion Lawhorn to his younger brother. His mother said that Connor was fun to be around and had a lot of friends. Connor’s father tried his best to stop him from bleeding until help arrived.
Lawhorn, who was twelve years old at the time of the crime, was released from the Evart Youth Center in February, and is now ready to give his side of the story. Connor Verkerke was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife by Lawhorn. His younger brother tried calling 911 but Lawhorn’s parents said that Lawhorn had taken prescription drugs the day before the attack. Lawhorn was charged first-degree murder. Lawhorn’s mother, who was only eight years old at the time, was also charged with child abuse, since she discovered bruises on her son’s body.
Connor Verkerke’s grandmother was proud of Connor’s accomplishments. She loved Connor’s love of music and spirituality. Despite his early death, he had a special bond with Nunemaker and would often hang out with her before and after class. He was an emotionally mature child, who liked to talk about spirituality. Connor was a Cub Scout and he wanted Eagle Scout.
Jamarion Lawhorn’s trial continues in Grand Rapids family court. The jury heard testimony from Connor Verkerke’s mother, his younger brother and more than a dozen other witnesses. Tuesday was the continuation of Lawhorn’s trial. The jury heard testimony from James Martin, Connor Verkerke’s younger brother, and many other witnesses. Although it is not clear if Lawhorn will appeal, the trial will determine if he was guilty of the murder of her son.
The Verkerke family has come together to support them in their grief over the loss of their son. A memorial fund was established within 48 hours, and a candlelight vigil was held in Pinebrook Village. Connor’s funeral was announced Wednesday. To get their mental health back, the family is trying to relocate. However, they’ll have to make the hard decision to move. If Connor’s death is a result of his own actions, he would be missed by his family.