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Vigil is held in Independence for stabbing victim

Updated: 2013-08-04T02:23:44Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

A week after her son was found in his room dying from stab wounds, Michelle R. Metje said his death still remains a mystery.

“I really don’t know very much,” said Metje, who along with family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil Saturday outside her son’s dentist office at 39th Street and Crackerneck Road in Independence.

“We know basically that one of his friends talked to him about 12:30 a.m., and he said he was going to go over to QuikTrip,” she said. “The time between that conversation and when he came home, we don’t have any accounting for.”

Corey Laykovich, 22, of Independence died at a hospital July 27 after returning home about 3 a.m. and going to his room.

A brother heard strange breathing sounds and, when he went to check, discovered that Laykovich had been stabbed.

The family can’t find any evidence of where, when or how he was wounded. Family said there was no blood trail, and a police dog was unable to find evidence.

Detectives who were at the vigil said they had no information they could release. They said they were there in case someone wanted to talk, possibly giving them a lead to help solve the case.

Laykovich graduated from Blue Springs High School in 2009. Most recently, he had been attending classes at Wright Career College in Overland Park, where his mother works as an instructor.

He was projected to graduate in December with an associate’s degree in computer systems software development.

The family chose to hold the vigil at 39th and Crackerneck because they think that was the general area where he was attacked.

“Right now, what we need to do is bring awareness and see if we can find people who will actually help us figure out what happened,” Metje said.

Terry Laykovich, Corey’s father, said losing a son is the worst thing in the world. He hoped that the vigil would jog the memory of someone who might have seen or heard something that wasn’t quite right.

“It’s been almost a week now,” he said. He wants people to come forward before they forget details.

Metje said that their son, an organ donor, saved five lives.

“As much as I hurt and as much as the people that will be gathering here tonight will hurt, I know there are five families out there who have just as many people to whom my son is a miracle,” Metje said. “It’s important that we know that.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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