Vigil held to drum up leads for Independence stabbing victim - KCTV5

Vigil held to drum up leads for Independence stabbing victim

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Friends and family of an Independence man who died after being stabbed remembered him Saturday night at a candlelight vigil.

Police officers also attended the vigil hoping it might help solve the case.

The vigil lasted for almost four hours at East 39th Street South and South Crackerneck Road, near where Corey Laykovich was murdered, hoping someone who passes by will know what happened.

They came out by the dozens, to stand together, and look for answers.

"I don't understand how this could have happened," the victim's father, Terry Laykovich, said.

Those in attendance are still wondering how the 22-year-old wound up stabbed and stumbling home.

"You think you're in a safe neighborhood.  You think you know your neighbors.  You think you're doing everything you can for your kids, and then your kid goes to QuickTrip, and he is dead, and that is it," the victim's mother, Michelle Metje, said.

Corey Laykovich's family said he was out with friends late last Friday night, told them he was running to QuickTrip, and the next thing they know, he was home, in his room, where his brother found him bleeding and struggling to breathe.

"His first thought was he needed to get home, and I think he was in shock.  He stumbled in through the door, went into his bathroom and tried to clean himself up," Metje said.  "I don't think he was thinking straight, because once you lose that much blood ..."

Corey Laykovich died at the hospital, and his family is left with no idea where, when or why he was stabbed.

"Anyone who can help me erase that part, by alleviating some of those questions, it would just, it would mean the world to me," Metje said.

Independence police detectives joined the vigil, hoping to learn something new, to help them piece together why a young man studying computer programming, a man family calls warm, kind and outgoing was targeted.

Those who love him will wait as long as it takes for answers, passing from day to night on a bust street corner, hoping someone who sees them will have the lead to find his killer, giving the family some light in the dark.

"You think you have so much time, and then you don't," Terry Laykovich said.

Corey Laykovich's family said he will live on through five people who are saved by his donating his organs.

The family is also accepting donations to grow the reward fund for catching the killer, and to help with medical bills and funeral costs. To donate, click here.

Laykovich's family and police ask that anyone with information call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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