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9-Year-Old Boy Stabbed to Death by 12-Year-Old Boy in Playground

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Michael Conner Verkerke, 9, who was stabbed by a 12-year-old has died.

Police say four children were playing in the playground near Pinebrook Village mobile home park around 6 p.m. on Aug. 4, when, for unknown reasons, the 12-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed the victim.

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Neighbors living across from the playground say they heard yelling and saw boys running away with one holding his back in pain.

Verkerke ran back to his home where he collapsed on the porch and EMS was called. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

A witness near the mobile home park tells that a child approached him and asked to use his phone because he had just stabbed someone. Suspect told police no one loved him anymore.

The motive behind the stabbing is still unclear but the suspect doesn’t appear to have any juvenile police record.

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