Jamarion Lawhorn: ‘This was the love I needed’


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Five years after he stabbed a little boy to death, becoming Kent County’s youngest killer, Jamarion Lawhorn continues to struggle with forgiveness.

“I feel like when I was growing up, this was the love I needed, this love I’m getting now,” Lawhorn, now 17, told News 8 after a court hearing on Thursday.

Lawhorn was 12 in 2014 when he randomly stabbed 9-year-old Connor Verkerke on a Kentwood playground with a kitchen knife, believing that responding police would kill him and end what was a miserable childhood. He had been abused by his mom and stepdad.

At Lawhorn’s first court hearing five years ago, he wore heavy shackles on his hands and around his ankles. On Thursday, at a hearing in Kent County Circuit Court to update his progress toward rehabilitation and freedom, he wore no shackles. He smiled at times.

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