John McNulty who filed a complaint against the Kwiatkowski family for the memorial for their son, has withdrawn his complaint.
Jonathan Kwiatkowski’s family planted a memorial garden in his name, but a neighbor has complained to the Village that it’s a nuisance. The neighbor says the memorial reminds him of his and his roommate’s own personal tragedy. One month after Jonathan Kwiatkowski was fatally stabbed at his family’s home in April 2011, they planted a memorial garden in the front yard as a Mother’s Day present for Lori Kwiatkowski.
Jonathan’s brothers, Kyle and Corey, and his sister-in-law Cassie, planted the garden around a tree in the front yard. There are flowers, lawn ornaments and a small cross, as well as Jonathan’s name on the tree. But the garden, which for the Kwiatkowski family is a comforting remembrance of a loved one, means something very different to a neighbor, who has filed a complaint calling the garden a public nuisance and asking for its removal.
John McNulty and his roommate Carolyn Zirbes live across the street from where Kwiatkowski was stabbed by another neighbor, and where the memorial garden now stands. McNulty says the memorial has rekindled memories of another tragedy for them, and one they very much did not want to remember.
Carolyn’s daughter, Sara Zirbes, was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1986 when she was 30-years-old. Sara lived in her home in Portland Oregon, which was burned down just after the murder and Leon Lamont Phillips was convicted in 2006. And that’s the reason why McNulty says he filed a complaint against the Kwiatkowski family for having their memorial garden.
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