After the heartbreaking loss of their baby, a Valley couple is left again with aching hearts when they discovered their son's memorial stone at a Glendale mountain was missing.
Little Gavin came into the world weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces on Jan. 26 of 2015. Three days later, he unexpectedly passed away.
Heather and Adam Drinovsky, Gavin's parents, along with family members, hiked up Thunderbird Mountain near 55th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road and together they planted a tree in the boy's honor on what would have been his first birthday.
In front of the tree, the couple placed a personalized memorial stone that read:
"This Tree Is Dedicated In Loving Memory Of Gavin John Drinovsky...Our Beautiful Baby Boy, We Love You In Our Hearts Forever And Always."
The stone was last seen on Tuesday, March 8. The couple knew the stone was missing since Sunday, March 13. The couple searched around the mountain in hopes of locating it, but had no luck.
"We have gone through enough and this stone is symbolic and means so much to us, just as our son does," Heather posted on Facebook, where she's asking for help. "Gavin's life matters and to steal his memorial stone makes us feel that people are saying his life doesn't matter."
All they ask is for whoever took the stone to return it, "no questions asked," Heather said. She added that the stone has "no monetary value."
"We wish that he was still here with us," she said in another Facebook post. "We dedicated this tree in memory of Gavin so he and his memory will live on forever.
Since asking for help online, Heather says she's heard rumors as to why the stone may have disappeared.
"We don't understand and are deeply hurt," she said online. "We live with the pain daily of our son always missing and always missing him."
As the family waits for whoever may have taken the stone to have a change of heart, they've placed rocks in the form of a "G" in front of the boy's tree.