July 31, 2013

Independence stabbing death mystifies family and police

A sibling found Corey Laykovich, 22, early Saturday morning suffering from a stab wound. The police have told the family they have no leads in the case.

Investigators remain puzzled over the weekend stabbing death of an Independence man.

Corey Laykovich, 22, died at a hospital after a sibling discovered him in his bedroom suffering from a stab wound early Saturday.

There is no information, family members said, as to how the stabbing occurred.

“Nobody knows anything about who did it, where they did it, the time they did it,” said Bob Norris, Laykovich’s stepfather. “It’s just a big unknown.”

Laykovich returned to his family’s home near Independence Center about 3 a.m. Saturday and went to his room, said Norris. The sibling heard strange breathing sounds and discovered that his brother had been stabbed.

According to details posted on Facebook by family members, Laykovich was found “unresponsive, pale and bleeding from a wound in his neck.” In addition, Laykovich had been stabbed through the liver. He bled more than 2 liters into his abdomen, according to the posts.

Laykovich, according to the posts, underwent two surgeries and was responding to commands from family members before his death.

Norris believes Laykovich was out with friends that evening and returned to the family home on foot.

“If he was with friends in the neighborhood, he would typically park his car and walk home,” he said.

There was no obvious evidence of the stabbing attack, he added.

“There was no blood trail on the night it happened. The police brought out a dog, but it couldn’t pick up anything.”

Family members met with police investigators again Tuesday.

“They were frank and upfront with us,” Norris said. “They don’t have any leads. They have dumped his phone and talked to everyone that they found on his text list. They are looking at every piece of evidence they can find.”

The investigation is continuing, said Tom Gentry, Independence police spokesman.

“We are still following up with possible leads, talking to his friends and neighbors,” Gentry said. Anyone with information regarding Laykovich’s actions Friday night or early Saturday morning have been asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for a tip leading to an arrest, Gentry said.

Laykovich graduated from Blue Springs High School in 2009. He attended classes at the Blue River campus of the Metropolitan Community College, studying law enforcement, and lately had been attending classes at Wright Career College in Overland Park.

“He wanted to be a computer programmer to make games,” Norris said.

Laykovich served briefly in the U.S. Army, he added.

Friends and co-workers are planning various events in Laykovich’s memory.

Staff members and students at Wright Career College are planning a candlelight vigil for Monday, Norris said.

Also, 10 percent of sales from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 20120-A E. Jackson Drive in Independence — where Laykovich worked for about eight months — will be set aside to help Laykovich’s family cover costs related to his death.

Laykovich was a “good kid,” said restaurant owner Adam Herndon.

“He was quiet but super nice,” he added. “It took him a while to come out of his shell, but once he was comfortable he opened up a little more, and you could see his personality come out.”

Memorial services have been scheduled tentatively for Monday, said Norris, who added that Laykovich was an organ donor.

“He’s already saved five lives with his organs,” Norris said.

An online fundraiser has been posted to help pay for Laykovich’s medical and memorial service expenses. Go to https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/cns2/donations-for-coreyshortlinki-http://fwd.at.13plrtt.

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