January 24, 2017

On July 27, 2013, 22-year-old Corey Laykovich told a friend that he was going to grab a soda at a convenience store before heading home for the night. At some point after hanging up the phone with his friend, Corey was attacked and fatally stabbed.

Investigators believe that Corey was walking home from the store when an argument occurred and the attack happened. Corey somehow made it to his house where his brother discovered him with labored breathing and unable to communicate. Corey also had an obvious injury to his neck. He was transported to a local hospital and rushed into surgery. Despite doctors efforts, Corey Laykovich succumbed to his injuries on July 28, some 36 hours after he was stabbed. Though Corey had lost his fight, he saved the lives of 5 others through organ donation. Even with numerous reward increases and dozens of leads, the case eventually went cold.

In the 3 1/2 years since Corey was murdered his family has fought for answers while also serving others suffering from similar circumstances. They started an organization called Corey’s Network to provide immediate support, advocacy and services to surviving victims of homicide in the Kansas City metropolitan area precincts without advocates. They also launched a Facebook page In Honor of Corey Laykovich to share pictures, stories and information about Corey’s life and murder along with posts about other homicide victims in the Kansas City area.

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the same time Corey’s mom, Michelle Metje, was sending an email telling someone that she didn’t think Corey’s case would ever be solved; Independence Police were questioning an individual long identified as someone that may have wanted to harm Corey. A short time later the sergeant in charge of Corey’s homicide investigation called Michelle to request a meeting. At a conference table at the police station investigators said the words Michelle had just admitted to thinking she’d never hear.

“We’ve made an arrest in Corey’s case. We had an incident involving a high speed chase and weapons charge, and while we had the suspect in our custody, we were able to ask him about Corey’s homicide. The suspect confessed to having killed him.” – IPD Homicide Detective

John Seger, 24, confessed to investigators that he had stabbed Corey during an argument 3 1/2 years earlier. He has been charged with 2nd degree murder and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Michelle recently wrote about the experience in her blog, My Grief Journey – Living Without You.

“…for the first time since July 27, 2013, WE are no longer in jail. The killer is in jail, and WE are free!” Michelle Metje (Corey’s mother)

To read about Michelle’s experience on the day she found out that her son’s killer had been arrested, click the link to her blog entry At Long Last… 

“After three and a half years, I can finally take a deep breath.” Michelle Metje (Corey’s mother)

Please join Project Cold Case in offering continued thoughts and prayers as Michelle and Corey’s family face the next chapter in their journey to justice. We also want to thank the Independence Police Department detectives that worked for 3 1/2 years to get Corey’s killer off the streets.

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