The mystery of who fatally stabbed a young Independence man last weekend continues. Corey Laykovic, 22, died at a hospital Sunday, hours after he was found, mortally wounded, in his home. Laykovic’s stepfather, Bob Norris, said Laykovic went out with friends Friday night. About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, his friends dropped him off near his home in the 4000 block of Crackerneck Road, a little west of the 39th Street retail district.
"That was how they usually did it. They'd drop him off and he'd walk the rest of the way home," Norris said. Norris said a couple hours later one of Laykovic’s siblings heard him breathing very loudly in his bedroom and went to check on him. Laykovic had several stab wounds. They called 911 and family members tried to help him until the ambulance arrived. Norris said Laykovic was stablized and appeared to be improving, but on Sunday the doctors told them he had no brain function, and he died about 3:50 p.m. “That was when we decided to make him a donor,” Norris said. “He has already helped five other people live.” Norris said police have told the family they have few leads. He said they checked his phone, his GPS and security cameras from the 39th Street area where he was last seen. Police spokesman Tom Gentry says a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that can help police solve the crime. If you have information that can help, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or Independence Police at 816-325-7330. Laykovic was a 2009 graduate of Blue Springs High School. He attended MCC-Blue River for a couple years, studying law enforcement. His interest turned to computers, and he was enrolled at Wright Career College in Overland Park, Kan. Norris said funeral arrangements are pending. Laykovic had no insurance to help pay for a funeral or the expense of his medical treatment. His cousin, Laura Manthey, has set up a website to try to raise money for those costs. The website is Laykovic worked at the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 20120 E. Jackson Drive in Independence in the Hartman Heritage Center. Norris said the restaurant is having a fundraiser for Laykovic on Aug. 9, with a portion of its proceeds that night going to the fund for Laykovic’s expenses.