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Vigil held for Kentwood stabbing victim

KENTWOOD (WKZO) -- Family and friends of nine-year-old Michael Connor Verkerke are remembering the young boy as a "sweet kid" who was all about playing and having fun. They gathered Wednesday night at the playground where he was stabbed to death on Monday to remember him.

Twelve-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn is charged as an adult with murder for allegedly stabbing Verkerke several times, about 100 feet from the victim's home. Police have not determined a motive, and Lawhorn is the youngest person ever charged as an adult with murder in Kent County.

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