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Girl, 9, who faced online taunts in 2010, dies

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Posted: Jan 13, 2012 6:22 PM
Girl, 9, who faced online taunts in 2010, dies

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 Robert Edward tells The Detroit News that she died at home in the Detroit suburb of Wyandotte.

The News reports Kathleen is expected to be buried 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.