News

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



Parking changes at Orion after 'lost' customer sparks action

David Harris has made a sign to put up in the Orion carpark so he can locate his vehicle.

Shopping centre introduces new signs in underground carpark

Puppy seller rubbishes dog law changes

POUND PUPPY: This little pig-dog cross is one of dozens of puppies that may be put down if no home is found for them, or they remain unclaimed by their owner. Photo Lisa Machin / Dalby Herald

Council say the new rules are designed to stamp out puppy farming

Trio to face court after assault on woman and her dog

New Ipswich District Court Judge: After nine years in the role, Ipswich District Court Judge Greg Koppenol will move to Brisbane Court.He will be replaced by Judge Dennis Lynch QC. In court on Tuesday, Judge Koppenol was recognised for his "brisk and vigorous approach" to the role.

The group is facing a host of charges including animal cruelty

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!