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9-year-old boy dies after being stabbed by 12-year-old on playground

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KENTWOOD, Mich. (FOX 17) --  A 9-year-old boy died after being stabbed by a 12-year-old boy at a playground in western Michigan, police said Tuesday.

A court hearing for the suspect will be held Tuesday afternoon, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids reports.

Police say four children were at a playground near Pinebrook Village mobile home park around 6 p.m. August 4 when, for unknown reasons, the 12-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed the victim.

Fox 17 reports neighbors living across from the playground say they heard yelling and saw boys running away with one holding his back in pain.

VIDEO: A witness near the playground says a child approached him and asked to use his phone, and then called 911 saying he had just stabbed someone. Click on the video in the video player above to watch the report from FOX 17.

The victim, Michael Verkerke, ran back to his home where he collapsed on the porch. EMS was called and Verkerke was taken to the hospital where he died later from his injuries.

Read more here in the original report from FOX 17.

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