Playmate killed

Suspect (inset) and victim, Michael Verkerke, on right

*In an EURThisNthat article yesterday, we learned the story of a 12-year-old boy who fatally stabbed Michael Verkerke, a 9-year-old kid he didn’t actually know, but had appeared to be playing with just moments before.

Afterwards, authorities say the pre-teen had told them he had taken “too many pills” and that, “Nobody loves me.”  Today more information is revealed, along with news that makes an already sad situation, even sadder. The suspect will be tried as an adult.

According to the Detroit Free Pressfour children—including the young suspect—were playing at the Pinebrook Village mobile home park in Grand Rapids, Michigan when one of them pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed Michael several times in the back. Most likely in shock, Michael ran home screaming then collapsed on the porch of his home; where his hysterical mother waited for paramedics to arrive.

“We were sitting on our deck,” said neighbor Barb Poelman, who witnessed the aftermath of the stabbing. “We heard the kids run across the front … screaming. He (Michael) ran with the kids that were with him. She (Michael’s mother) was screaming, ‘Where is the ambulance?’ while her boy was laying on the porch bleeding. The kids, I thought they were just playing,” Barb added.

Story continues at EURThisNthat.