'I’m so proud': Grieving Lynnwood mom humbled by love after 6-year-old son’s murder
LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- Kori Henckel searched for good in her world after darkness swallowed it.
In October, her 6-year-old son, Dayvid Pakko, was found dead in a dumpster outside their Lynnwood home. Dayvid’s 18-year-old uncle is now charged with first degree murder for allegedly drowning Dayvid in the bathtub.
“Dayvid was a very special little boy,” Henckel said. “He always smiled. He was always ready to give you a huge when you got home.”
Dayvid had autism, and Henckel says he was everyone’s best friend.
Henckel never returned to that Lynnwood apartment after Dayvid’s death. She’s still unpacking at her new home, where she’s already built a memorial for Dayvid, decorated with the firetrucks he loved.
“Why wouldn’t I?” she said. “He was the most important thing in my world. You don’t just put that in a box.”
After Dayvid's death, toys and pictures were given to Henckel by friends, family and strangers as tokens of love.
The outpouring of support restored hope in Henckel during that difficult time.
And now, Dayvid’s school, Beverly Elementary, is holding a giving drive in Dayvid’s honor, collecting toys for other kids to make sure they have a special Christmas.
“Dayvid was such a big part of our school, and we really wanted to do something positive from the tragedy,” Beverly’s office manager Lauri Velasquez said.
A back office inside the school is filled with hundreds of toys.
“That means so much,” Henckel said. “It’s an amazing thing and I could not be more proud.”