Kyrie L. Johnson
Buffalo, New York
He was only 17 months old
It was a warm summer evening shortly before Independence Day when his family gathered in the quiet Fruit Belt neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.
It was his grandmother’s 54th birthday. He and his cousins spent most of the day blowing bubbles, playing with squirt guns and eating cake. Seven days later, white balloons would be released, floating up to the blue sky to celebrate a short life.