Playground Killing: 9-Year-Old Victim Told Brother He’d Always Love Him

By Mario Sevilla

Wed Aug 6th, 2014 10:04pm America/Los_Angeles

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KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A relative says some of the last words from a 9-year-old boy who died after being stabbed on a Michigan playground were about how much he loved his family.

The Grand Rapids Press reported that Jim Stearns spoke for Michael Conner Verkerke’s family at a vigil Wednesday night at the site of the attack, for which a 12-year-old is charged with murder.

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Stearns said the 9-year-old told his brother after he was stabbed that he would always love him. Stearns told those gathered for the vigil at the Pinebrook Village mobile home park that the boy’s death has left the family “absolutely numb.”

The 12-year-old boy pleaded not guilty in juvenile court and was ordered held until an Aug. 13 preliminary hearing. The Associated Press is not naming him.

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