Boy plays at brothers sandbox grave site

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WTLV) – Ashley Hammac lost her son Ryan Michael Jolly last October.

He lived just five days.

She buried Ryan at the Falling Creek Cemetery just outside Lake City, Florida.

Thinking of her other son Tucker, she added a sandbox to Ryan’s grave.

“Just so that Tucker could have a place to come out and still play with his brother, cause he was excited the whole time I was pregnant, about getting to be able to play with his brother and said he was going to share his trucks with him so when this happened we wanted a spot where he could be included too,” Hammac said.

“I am your big brother, me,” Tucker said as he leaned his head against his brother’s grave.

“He likes it a lot when we come out here. Sometimes he asks to come out here without me even having to say “do you want to go?” He’ll ask sometimes. It is like another park for him,” Hammac said.

Hammac said the words “You are my angel, my darling, my star and my love will find you, whereever you are,” are actually the words out of a book she used to read to Ryan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus