KENTWOOD, MI (WXMI/CNN) - A community in Kentwood is in mourning following a fatal stabbing that took place between two kids on the playground Monday evening.
Glen Stacy was out doing yard work when he said he was approached by a boy, who seemed calm at the time.
"He approached me at my house, I offered him my phone and I assumed he was calling his mother, lo and behold he was calling 911 to say 'I stabbed someone, please pick me up, I want to end my life,'" Stacy said. "I calmly started doing what I normally do, I didn't want to agitate him and make sure he didn't run away and give time for the police to actually show up, but very calmly he stood there," Stacy said.
The 9-year-old victim was stabbed at least once in the back with a kitchen knife according to police. Neighbors living across from the playground say they heard yelling and saw boys running away with one holding his back in pain.
Michael Conner Verkerke died of his wounds at a hospital, according to the Associated Press.
"Initially it appears as if the two do not know each other or were acquaintances, we're not 100 percent certain but at this point we're still investigating that," said Kentwood Police Sgt. Robert Decker.
Police said the motive of the 12-year-old boy isn't clear yet either.
Stacy says the boy told him he was upset and said nobody loved him, and he had taken multiple pills earlier in the day.
He went willingly into police custody. The county prosecutor's office will determine whether to charge the 12-year-old boy as an adult or a juvenile.
"It devastates me because I used to work with youth, so my heart really goes out to this kid and the victim," Stacy said.
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