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Support flows for family of teenage stabbing victim

( from left ) Joanne and John Lasker. Their son Jake Lasker was murdered at his Hogg St home. Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle
( from left ) Joanne and John Lasker. Their son Jake Lasker was murdered at his Hogg St home. Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle Nev Madsen

A BLUE and white blockade and three-day police vigil have prevented the parents of teenage stabbing victim Jake Lasker from finally returning to their home.

One recurrent question continues to burn in John and Joanne Lasker's minds - why?

The family has been flooded with the kind words of friends and strangers who have heard about their son's tragic death.

Mr Lasker appreciated the sentiment but said not a word in the dictionary could bring back his boy.

The couple returned to their home Rockville yesterday to pick up photo albums from detectives at their home, but were only allowed as close to the crime scene as the driveway.

Police investigators keep vigil over the Hogg St crime scene.
Police investigators keep vigil over the Hogg St crime scene. Nev Madsen

They hope to hold Jake's funeral at the Garden of Remembrance Crematorium on Friday, but only if his body has been released.

"I couldn't believe it - he always thought he had no friends, but since he died so many have sent their support," Mr Lasker said.

Mr Lasker said the capture of his son's alleged killer Max Peter Smith had taken some pressure off his family.

Jake's 17-year-old autistic brother Adam still does not fully understand he has gone, but the reality is slowly sinking in.

"Adam keeps asking where his brother is," Mrs Lasker said.

"We just tell him he's in a better place... that he's gone to heaven.

"When we get back into the house he's going to be walking around in circles looking for Jake."

Mrs Lasker received messages of support from as far as America, where friends Jake made by playing multiplayer video games on Xbox had heard of his brutal death.

"They are making a collection of songs for us to play at his funeral," Mrs Lasker said.

"That's their way of helping us."

Friends of the family have also set up a donation drop-box at Coco's Fresh Food Market at the Hooper Centre on Hume St.

Close to $2000 has already been raised to help the Laskers with the cost of the funeral.

More drop-boxes are expected to be installed at stores around the city in the coming days.

Topics:  courts, max peter smith, rockville, stabbing, toowoomba, trial


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