DENVER -- Nathaniel Ray Ybarra was born with a rare brain condition. His family spent $150 on a gift certificate for professional portraits, but the photographer never showed up.
"That's all we want is just these memories," Brianna Vallejos, Nathaniel's mother, said in August.
Several viewers said they wanted to help. The family decided to meet with local photographer, Lupe Aguilar, who snapped their portraits for free.
On Saturday night, Nathaniel's mother said the boy died.
"At 7:03 our fighter took his last breath and traded his gloves for wings. Rest in paradise my love, until we meet again," Vallejos wrote on Facebook.
"My heart feels so empty. Like when you left it you took a huge chunk that i will never get back. This doesn't feel real. It can't be. Seeing them taking you away killed me and idk how to come back from this. I miss you my Nathaniel Ray."