Sherri Sinclair's life has a hole in it, a wound caused by the deaths of her daughter and grandson.
A loss caused by mental illness, which Sinclair says led her daughter, Kelli Sly, a 23-year-old single mom with a history of behavioral issues and personal turmoil, to take the life of her 2-year-old son, Gavin, last March. Sly then killed herself by driving her car into a concrete bridge support.
For Sly's mother, Sinclair of Waukee, what happened on March 24 and 25 closed the window on years of anger, frustration and illness and opened a door to unimaginable sadness.
Eight months after their deaths, Sinclair is telling Kelli and Gavin's story with the hope that people will understand the gravity of mental illness and the pain it can inflict on a family.
Look for her story on Patch on Sunday, Dec. 2, and Monday, Dec. 3.