Tracy Gulcynski placed a birthday balloon by the grave of her late grandson Koltyn Sparks-Blackwood on Monday in the Baby Garden section at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, where dozens of other young children whose lives were cut short are laid to rest.

“It’s a little early, but that’s OK,” she said, referring to what would have been the toddler’s third birthday on Feb. 10.

Koltyn died one year ago today on Jan. 15, 2019. Sonora police have spent months investigating his death as a homicide, but the case remains unsolved.

Read more about this case in Wednesday's Union Democrat.

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