Kathleen Edward (Little Girl Who Was Taunted On Facebook While Dying) Has Died

    January 12, 2012
    Chris Crum

A little girl named Kathleen Edward from MIchigan has passed away after losing a battle with Huntington’s Disease. This little girl made headlines in 2010, in one of the most sickening cyberbullying stories we’ve seen to date.

This reportedly included things like a picture of Kathleen placed on a set of crossbones and a picture of her grandmother in the Grim Reaper’s arms. The grandmother’s neighbor Jennifer Petkov had been responsible for posting these things on Facebook.

FOX 2 in Detroit reports:

Petkov admitted to FOX 2’s Ron Savage that she posted the photos…

Petkov’s cyberbullying drew scrutiny and well-wishes for Kathleen poured in from around the world. Thousands attended a rally in October 2010 to help raise money for the Edward family. Volunteers even treated her to a shopping spree at a local toy store.

The station ran this report about in 2010:

Woman Who Taunted Dying Girl Now Offers Apology: MyFoxDETROIT.com

As a father, I find the whole thing incredibly repulsive, but then again, I also find it repulsive as a human being.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of American Michigan Chapter is accepting donations, as is the Michigan Memorial Funeral Home. Donations can be made in Robert Edwards’ (Kathleen’s father’s) name.


Chris Crum
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