Tributes flow for Lasker family as son found dead
UPDATE: The Toowoomba community has thrown its support behind the Lasker family.
John and Joanne Lasker's youngest son Adam was found dead in their home yesterday, five years after their oldest son Jake was stabbed to death in 2012.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up late last night by family friend Damien Kampf to help the parents bury another child.
In just several hours $920 has been raised, including a donation from of Lifeline Darling Downs South West CEO Derek Tuffield.
The campaign hopes to raise $10,000.
If you can help visit the GoFundMe campaign.
Messages of support:
Teresa Werth: Thoughts and condolences to the family. No parent should have to go through such tragedy as losing both your children My deepest sympathy and prayers.
Ashlee Robert Dietz: My hearts go out to the Lasker family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I used to go to school with Jake and can remember Adam coming in during an afternoon with Jo to pick Jake up from school. Such beautiful children and such a sad loss. R.I.P guys. Stay strong John and Jo.
Sandra Larsen: So sorry John my heart goes out to you both may he rest in peace with his brother now.
Ruth Holder: Prayers and thoughts are with you John and wife and families our deepest sympathy are with you all in this sad time XO.
Heather Seiler: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
EARLIER: The Lasker family, whose oldest son was brutally murdered, has been hit by a second tragedy.
Adam Lasker, the brother of murdered teenager Jake Lasker, was found dead in his bed yesterday morning.
His father John found him.
"He never sleeps in so when I walked into his room and saw him, I just knew," he said.
"I have no idea what I'm doing, my wheels are still spinning in mud if you know what I mean."
Adam, who was only 21, had autism. Mr Lasker said an autopsy had begun.
The couple's oldest son Jake, 19, was stabbed to death in 2012.
Kyle Mitchell Dumesny pleaded guilty to manslaughter in October last year.
Mr Lasker said the couple yesterday had been surrounded by close friends.
"It's rocked our world to lose both sons in five years," he said.
"You don't ever expect to have a funeral for your 19-year-old son and then to have another one for your 21-year-old son."
"I'm so lost."
Family friend Damien Kampf raised money for Jake's funeral costs five years ago through donation tins and the generosity of the Toowoomba community.
He has now created a GoFundMe campaign to help the couple prepare to bury another child.
"No parent should have to bury their child, let alone two," he said.
Police last night were unable to comment on the matter.