The Independence Police Department is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who committed an arson fire at Bundschu Park, and the reward has increased from $7,000 to $8,000 to identify those responsible for the 2013 stabbing death of 22-year-old Corey Laykovich.

The entire playground equipment structure at Bundschu Park, 11400 E. Ninth Street in Independence, was destroyed as a result of arson on May 12. Police estimated at least $10,000 worth of damage, but Independence Parks and Recreation Director Eric Urfer has said it’s more than $50,000 to $60,000 worth of damage. He also said replacement playground equipment at the park should be installed in August.

If you have any information about the arson, contact 816-474-8177.

According to the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers, Corey Laykovich’s mother, Michelle R. Metje, has increased the existing reward of $7,000 to $8,000 to solve her son’s death in the summer of 2013.

Laykovich was a victim of an overnight stabbing that occurred at the 3900 block of Crackerneck Road in Independence July 27, 2013. He returned home around 2 a.m. that night and was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center, where he died of injuries from the stabbing.

The Corey Daniel Laykovich Burial and Memorial Fund has also been established at Hawthorne Bank for additional donations.

If you have information about the homicide, call 816-474-TIPS (8477). Information that leads to an arrest in the Laykovich case will be rewarded $8,000.

Information can also be submitted anonymously in either the Bundschu Park arson or Laykovich murder cases and still be eligible for the reward money.