It’s a sad day when they neighbors are not shocked by the arrest of a 12-year old murder suspect. Unfortunately communities are seeing so much death and destruction from our youth that they have become “accustomed” to this way of life. I guess they figure another “troubled” kid in jail, one less one on the streets. For this child to take his aggression out on another because he didn’t feel “loved” should tear a hole through our souls. This is a prime example that we all need to take a serious look at what is happening with and to our youth.
Jamarion Lawhorn of Michigan has been charged as an adult in the stabbing of 9-year old Michael Conner Verkerke and it seems that he is the youngest to EVER be charged with murder in Kent County.
Is work, partying and anything else that takes our attention away from our children that important, that we can’t see what’s really going on?
Read about how the neighbors feel about this as reported by Fox 17:
A neighbor of Jamarion Lawhorn tells FOX 17 that he always had a strange feeling about the boy.
“Damn it, that’s him,” said the neighbor, who did not want his name used and would not appear on camera. “Sad, but to tell you the truth, no surprise.”
The neighbor said that he would try to talk to Lawhorn when he would pass by his house, but the 12-year-old never responded.
“See him on almost a daily basis this time of year and comes down this sidewalk just about everyday,” said the neighbor. “He’s the first one that came to mind. However, you can’t point fingers, and I know the neighborhood fairly well. We’ve lived here for several years, and it’s very unfortunate.”
Lawhorn is charged as an adult for the stabbing death of 9-year-old Conner Verkerke. Investigators said that Lawhorn attacked Verkerke with a steak knife near the playground at Pinebrook Village Mobile Home Park at about 6 p.m. on Monday.
Lawhorn’s neighbor also said that he’d keep an eye on his property, because of the strange feeling he got from the 12-year-old.
“I’ve got equipment in the house here. I’ve got the garage open. He seemed to have big eyes, you know what I’m saying. Like, you kind of felt like you wanted to watch your back.”
Kent County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Laura Clifton told FOX 17 that she has never prosecuted someone as young as Lawhorn for murder.
Investigators said that it doesn’t appear that Lawhorn and Verkerke knew each other.
A witness said that Lawhorn used his cell phone to call 911 and told dispatchers that he had just stabbed someone. The witness also said that Lawhorn admitted to taking pills and expressed feelings of wanting to end his life.
The neighbor who spoke to us said everyone in the community has been affected by the tragedy. “I feel bad for them. You know, obviously. I mean for the whole family involved. Both families.”
A vigil is scheduled at the playground where the incident took place. It is scheduled for August 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Family members have set up an account for donations to help cover funeral costs. That can be found by clicking here.
Source: Fox 17