Connor Verkerke Memorial

$25,697 of $10k goal

Raised by 670 people in 24 months
Missy Jewett Nowicki   GRAND RAPIDS, MI
This is GoFundMe page is for the family of Michael " Connor" Verkerke, from Kentwood Michigan. Connor was a happy, energetic, loving 9 year old boy who loved to play with his younger brothers, sing, camp, dance, drama, and Cub Scouts. Connor lost his life on August 4, 2014 when a 12 year old boy asked to be his friend and to go play. That new friend then took Connor's life by stabbing him multiple times in the back. 

Connor's younger brother, 7 year old Kameron, watched the stabbing, and when he could, he grabbed his brother and helped him home. Connors' dad tried to stop the bleeding until help arrived.

Connor died at the hospital a short time later. This has been a nightmare for the family, especially for Kameron and Connor's parents. Kameron is afraid to go back to their home, and the parents see their wonderful son losing his life on the porch. They would like to move, for everyones mental well-being.

My name is Missy Nowicki and I am from Wyoming Michigan ... I set up this fund for the family. One of my best friends is Sue Fiebig, Connor was her grandson. The funds will be used for funeral expenses, counseling, to move and help raise the other children in the family. I gave the family all access to this account to withdrawl funds as they need them . Sue has all access as she is a family member.
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Update 8
23 months ago
Thank you everyone for your support. I personally know the family appreciates it.
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Update 7
23 months ago
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Verkerke Family especially tomorrow for Connors Service . Thanks for the donations .. It truly means alot .
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Update 6
24 months ago
I personally THANK each of you for donating. It truly means alot to me and the family. Again, I try to send a Thank You to each of you but if you are missed I am so sorry. A Huge Thank You to all of you .
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Update 5
24 months ago
The support is just amazing . I know the family appreciates this so much. I try to Thank each of you donating. If i miss you i am so sorry but here is my THANKS !
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Trina Kolasa
23 months ago
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This is such a sad tragedy, and I'm not sure what to even say, I get tears in my eyes just reading thru it, of sadness, why is the question we ask much to often, may god grant u the strength n wrap his arms around Conner, and his family left behind, and guide them, for the journey ahead is dark, lonely, and long, But there is a light at the end, so don't give up. The way the community has cone together to help this family is amazing, let's keep it up.

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Dana Hammond
23 months ago

Again, I don't know Connor's family but my heart aches for them. Seeing people pull together to help this family makes believe that most people are inately caring and generous. This family truly needs this money for his service and for grief counseling and respite as they heal. God Bless all who donated and are following this horrible story. RIP Connor, you are everyone's little boy who was doing what little boys are supposed to do, playing outside.

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Bri Alarcon
23 months ago

Nobody can ever imagine burying a perfectly healthy child. This is a senseless crime that is becoming way too common. I pray we stop the violence, and people show more compassion towards one another. God bless baby, go with Jesus, and shine bright in the stars!

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Kimberly Quick
23 months ago

My heart breaks for you and your family. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers and I pray that the Lord holds you tight in his hands during this time. There are just no words that I feel are enough to give you, but perhaps just knowing that people grieve for you will bring you some comfort. I lost a brother to a violent act and it leaves a hole in your heart, but God will carry you through during this time when you can't carry yourself. Connor was a beautiful boy and I am sure he will leave a beautiful legacy. I am so sorry that this senseless tragedy happened to you. Love and Prayers to you all.

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Niurka Diaz
23 months ago

Your family is in Our prayers ...my heart breaks every night when my 3children pray and I hear my 8 year daughter Allyson ask God to keep Connor happy in heaven and hold his family together and help them smile again. It doesn't get any more heartfelt than that .we live down the street and we pray that God holds you all in his loving embrace and brings peace to your broken hearts

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Bonnie Buntjer Allen
23 months ago

My heart is breaking so much for your family you are all in my prayers I have never met you but we live down the st. From you God Bless your family he is holding tight to your little angel

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Penny Rogers
23 months ago

Poor innocent baby. Just trying to have a little fun. Unreal. This is a screwy world and I cannot even imagine what his family is going through. I pray for them and for him. Just not right. Prayers today and always. I am thinking of him and thinking why God?

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John Miller
24 months ago

I'm only 17 but if I had money I would defiantly donate... It's terrible to hear what happened to Connor Verkerke. Connor and his family are in my prayers. Sorry that's all I can donate :(

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BethZeller JosephDean
24 months ago

This upsets me so much. I can't stop thinking about it, my heart aches for the poor boy and his family so much. You will be in my prayers Conner and your family. I wish I could do more, I wish I had the power to take this tragedy away. Something needs to be done about this, maybe a Michael " Connor" Verkerke law, where adults supervision is a requirment at ALL playgrounds. We cannot let his death be in vein.

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Ceka Cakes
24 months ago

Donated without hesitation. RIP little angel. My heart breaks for this family

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Jennifer Erickson
24 months ago

I'm so very sorry for your lose. This has got me very upset. Words can not describe how I feel. So so sad. Prayers for your family

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Denise Buck
24 months ago

My deepest condolences to your family. Such a tragic unnecessary thing to happen. Your son was so handsome. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely trying time.

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Dana Hammond
24 months ago

I don't know this family but what happened in a tragedy that will remain with them their whole lives. These donations will help with not only a service, but counseling and bills that will need to be paid while they grieve. Many thanks to those who posted. Dana, a social worker of 25 years.

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Debbie Rogers
24 months ago

My heart goes out to your family. I didn't know Conner personally, but I know from other family members what a wonderful and sweet boy he was. I have tears thinking about this unnecessary and unfortunate tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Luz Kessler
24 months ago

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. All of us mourn with you.

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Tyler Frost
24 months ago

Just saw this on HLN, my heart is in mourning and I don't even know Conner. I dedicate my pursuit to become a victim advocate to young Conner. My deepest condolences to the family, may he forever rest in your hearts.

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RJ Kinney
24 months ago

So sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all of you. Sending all my love..

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Lisa Abdulraouf
24 months ago

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Conner. He is beautiful and reminds me not to take anything for granted and appreciate God's gifts of children. I felt called to this page because something very similar happened to a girl I knew in middle school. Her name is Kelly Brumbelow. Her murderer Terrance Sampson was 12 and has not, (and with our continued fight) will not, see parole. God bless you.

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Alexis Watt
24 months ago

It is so amazing and inspiring to see this.. It's almost overwhelming and brings me to tears.. the amount of love. Connor IS love.. this is exactly what Connor inspires in people. It's amazing to see that so broadly.

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Doug Hauk
24 months ago

We pray that you will feel the sincere support of friends during this time

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$25,697 of $10k goal

Raised by 670 people in 24 months
Created August 5, 2014
$20
Anonymous
22 months ago
Q
$10
Quinn
22 months ago

God Bless Him.

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$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
EL
$100
Emily Lautenbach
23 months ago

Sending all the best your way Jared and family

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$35
Anonymous
23 months ago
RF
$50
Roger and Carolyn Feeman
23 months ago

Connor was the great. Grandson of my.

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$5
Anonymous
23 months ago
ZS
$50
Zeny Soholt
23 months ago

My deepest condolences to your family. Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

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MR
$10
Mike Robbins
23 months ago

Stay strong. Sorry you had become a victim of evil. That sucks.

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$20
Anonymous
23 months ago
Trina Kolasa
23 months ago
1
1

This is such a sad tragedy, and I'm not sure what to even say, I get tears in my eyes just reading thru it, of sadness, why is the question we ask much to often, may god grant u the strength n wrap his arms around Conner, and his family left behind, and guide them, for the journey ahead is dark, lonely, and long, But there is a light at the end, so don't give up. The way the community has cone together to help this family is amazing, let's keep it up.

+ Read More
Dana Hammond
23 months ago

Again, I don't know Connor's family but my heart aches for them. Seeing people pull together to help this family makes believe that most people are inately caring and generous. This family truly needs this money for his service and for grief counseling and respite as they heal. God Bless all who donated and are following this horrible story. RIP Connor, you are everyone's little boy who was doing what little boys are supposed to do, playing outside.

+ Read More
Bri Alarcon
23 months ago

Nobody can ever imagine burying a perfectly healthy child. This is a senseless crime that is becoming way too common. I pray we stop the violence, and people show more compassion towards one another. God bless baby, go with Jesus, and shine bright in the stars!

+ Read More
Kimberly Quick
23 months ago

My heart breaks for you and your family. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers and I pray that the Lord holds you tight in his hands during this time. There are just no words that I feel are enough to give you, but perhaps just knowing that people grieve for you will bring you some comfort. I lost a brother to a violent act and it leaves a hole in your heart, but God will carry you through during this time when you can't carry yourself. Connor was a beautiful boy and I am sure he will leave a beautiful legacy. I am so sorry that this senseless tragedy happened to you. Love and Prayers to you all.

+ Read More
Niurka Diaz
23 months ago

Your family is in Our prayers ...my heart breaks every night when my 3children pray and I hear my 8 year daughter Allyson ask God to keep Connor happy in heaven and hold his family together and help them smile again. It doesn't get any more heartfelt than that .we live down the street and we pray that God holds you all in his loving embrace and brings peace to your broken hearts

+ Read More
Bonnie Buntjer Allen
23 months ago

My heart is breaking so much for your family you are all in my prayers I have never met you but we live down the st. From you God Bless your family he is holding tight to your little angel

+ Read More
Penny Rogers
23 months ago

Poor innocent baby. Just trying to have a little fun. Unreal. This is a screwy world and I cannot even imagine what his family is going through. I pray for them and for him. Just not right. Prayers today and always. I am thinking of him and thinking why God?

+ Read More
John Miller
24 months ago

I'm only 17 but if I had money I would defiantly donate... It's terrible to hear what happened to Connor Verkerke. Connor and his family are in my prayers. Sorry that's all I can donate :(

+ Read More
BethZeller JosephDean
24 months ago

This upsets me so much. I can't stop thinking about it, my heart aches for the poor boy and his family so much. You will be in my prayers Conner and your family. I wish I could do more, I wish I had the power to take this tragedy away. Something needs to be done about this, maybe a Michael " Connor" Verkerke law, where adults supervision is a requirment at ALL playgrounds. We cannot let his death be in vein.

+ Read More
Ceka Cakes
24 months ago

Donated without hesitation. RIP little angel. My heart breaks for this family

+ Read More
Jennifer Erickson
24 months ago

I'm so very sorry for your lose. This has got me very upset. Words can not describe how I feel. So so sad. Prayers for your family

+ Read More
Denise Buck
24 months ago

My deepest condolences to your family. Such a tragic unnecessary thing to happen. Your son was so handsome. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely trying time.

+ Read More
Dana Hammond
24 months ago

I don't know this family but what happened in a tragedy that will remain with them their whole lives. These donations will help with not only a service, but counseling and bills that will need to be paid while they grieve. Many thanks to those who posted. Dana, a social worker of 25 years.

+ Read More
Debbie Rogers
24 months ago

My heart goes out to your family. I didn't know Conner personally, but I know from other family members what a wonderful and sweet boy he was. I have tears thinking about this unnecessary and unfortunate tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss.

+ Read More
Luz Kessler
24 months ago

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. All of us mourn with you.

+ Read More
Tyler Frost
24 months ago

Just saw this on HLN, my heart is in mourning and I don't even know Conner. I dedicate my pursuit to become a victim advocate to young Conner. My deepest condolences to the family, may he forever rest in your hearts.

+ Read More
RJ Kinney
24 months ago

So sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all of you. Sending all my love..

+ Read More
Lisa Abdulraouf
24 months ago

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Conner. He is beautiful and reminds me not to take anything for granted and appreciate God's gifts of children. I felt called to this page because something very similar happened to a girl I knew in middle school. Her name is Kelly Brumbelow. Her murderer Terrance Sampson was 12 and has not, (and with our continued fight) will not, see parole. God bless you.

+ Read More
Alexis Watt
24 months ago

It is so amazing and inspiring to see this.. It's almost overwhelming and brings me to tears.. the amount of love. Connor IS love.. this is exactly what Connor inspires in people. It's amazing to see that so broadly.

+ Read More
Doug Hauk
24 months ago

We pray that you will feel the sincere support of friends during this time

+ Read More
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