Girl, 9, who faced online taunts in 2010 dies

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WYANDOTTE, Mich. — A 9-year-old Detroit-area girl whose battle with Huntington’s disease drew attention after she was taunted online by a neighbor has died.

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Flat Rock, which is handling arrangements, says Kathleen Edward died Wednesday. Her father RobertEdward tells The Detroit News that she died at home in the Detroit suburb of Wyandotte.

Arrangements were pending Thursday.

The News reports Kathleen is expected to be buried at Mount Hope Memorial Gardens in Livonia next to her mother, Laura Edward, who died of Huntington’s disease in 2009

In 2010, a former neighbor in the Detroit suburb of Trenton taunted Kathleen. One Facebook posting was of her photo placed above a set of crossbones and another included a photo of her mother in the arms of the grim reaper.

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