DENISON, Tex. (KXII) Police are still looking for the men who attacked a 19-year-old in a Mobile Home Park in Howe last week. He died from his injuries days later, and Police are investigating it as a murder. The man leaves behind a 1-year-old and another child on the way.
Petty's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son, McKenna Flatten, is still shocked at why Cory Petty was attacked last Tuesday. Though they were separated at the time of his attack, she says he always wanted to be present in her son's life.
The young couple met in high school. When they were together, Flatten remembers Petty as being shy, but caring. He wanted to stay out of trouble and be a good father to Tucker, who is now 1-year-old.
"Before he met me he said that he was going down the bad road. And since he had Tucker he didn't want to get in trouble. He always wanted to spend time with him, and get to see him as much as possible," says Flatten.
They separated around the time when Tucker was born, but stayed in each other's lives so their son could grow up with both parents.
Flatten and her son visited Petty while in the hospital. When Petty died on Saturday, she was there with his family and friends.
"He would point and be like 'Dada' and I'm like 'yeah Dada's sleeping, he's sleeping now but we're trying to get him to wake up.' He held his hand a little bit even though, you know, he was cold. He didn't understand. He's like the only thing left of Cory like he looks very similar to him," she says.
Flatten says she only spoke to Petty in regard to their son, and didn't know much about his current personal life. Petty has a daughter due in November by another woman.
"He didn't want to lose the feeling…the thought of not getting to see his daughter either. So he was just doing the best he could, so the fact that this happened to him, it was terrible," says Flatten.
She isn't sure why he was attacked or who could have done it, but says he will be greatly missed.
"If you didn't get to know him I wish you could have because he was such a nice person, he was caring. I know a lot of people are going to miss him. He made such a big impact on people, so he'll be missed."