Murder on the playground

child stabbed

(WOOD) Police in Kentwood, Michigan say a 12-year-old stabbed a 9-year-old Monday.

It happened on a playground at the Pinewood Village Mobile Home Park.

9-year-old Michael Conner Verkerke was stabbed in the back. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries, according to a Kentwood Police Department news release.

Kentwood Police Chief Tom Hillen said the 12-year-old, who lives in the area, walked up to three other boys to play, then pulled out the kitchen knife and started stabbing Verkerke repeatedly.

Chief Hillen said it appears the boys didn’t know each other. Police were trying to determine if the attack was random.

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