TRENTON, Mich. - There has been an outpouring of sympathy and support for a dying girl from Trenton. We first told you about little Kathleen Edward last week when she was being taunted by her neighbors. Now, there's been another apology.
"We've been sorry since it happened. We're sorry," said Scott Petkov.
Wednesday, he tried to apologize to his neighbor across the street without violating the personal protection order against him. That neighbor is Rebecca Rose, the grandmother of seven-year-old Kathleen Edward, who's dying from Huntington's disease. Last week FOX 2 showed you the pictures Scott's wife Jennifer had doctored and posted on Facebook of Kathleen as a skull and crossbones and of her dead mother, also a Huntington's victim, in the arms of the grim reaper.
"Because it burns Rebecca Rose's (expletive) raw for me to make fun of her dead daughter on that page," that was Jennifer Petkov's reaction when asked about the pictures.
She has since apologized, as has her husband, saying it was all over a long-standing neighborhood dispute, but some, including Rose, have questioned the sincerity of that apology.
"I just wish all of this would just stop," said Rose.
However Scott Petkov, who's been suspended from his job as a forklift operator over this, seems genuinely contrite.
"(We) are not just saying that like the media's telling because we received the vandalism, the death threats the last time you were here. It is not like that," Scott Petkov said. "We are truly sorry."
So much good has also come from all of this. Every day, Kathleen receives gifts of love.
"Yesterday she got cupcakes, flowers from Pakistan, all over. It's amazing," Rose said.
Thursday morning, she'll be treated to a shopping spree at Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor. Then there's that event for Kathleen on October 23.
A small rally that's still days away is now expected to draw at least 3,000 people. If you are planning on coming, you need to know the location has changed. It will now be held here at Elizabeth Park.
Donations are also pouring in. Pegasus Entertainment in Southfield is donating a sound system, and Scotty's Potties in Romulus will provide the portable restrooms.
"If we can help out, that's what we're here for. We try to take care of our own," said Rick Brooks with Scotty's Potties.
"Hopefully that she will see that there's support for her, and hopefully she doesn't know anything about this. It's just, 'Hey, I'm sick and people are supporting me,'" said David Grossman with Pegasus Entertainment. "That's my hope."
Organizer Michelle Yerigian still needs $300 for the stage rental, but with all the people contacting her on Facebook she's bound to get the donation.