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Merrick McKoy allegedly killed baby after posting their photo on Facebook (23)

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Each post in our Mile High Murder archive is heartbreaking. But the death of nineteen-month-old Mia McKoy-Phanthavongsa is among the most tragic we've ever recounted.

The working theory: Mia's father, Merrick McKoy, age 22, took a self-portrait of the two of them, posted it to Facebook, then killed the beautiful little girl before turning the gun on himself.

Details, photos and video below.

At 9:35 a.m. on Monday, November 18, according to the Westminster Police Department, officers were dispatched to an apartment at 7030 Stuart Street, an area captured in the interactive graphic below. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Of the two calls to police about trouble at the address, one of them came from Kimphone "Kim" Phanthavongsa, Mia's 21-year-old mother. She told dispatch that she woke up to find McKoy, described as her ex-boyfriend, standing over her with a handgun.

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An earlier photo of McKoy and Mia.
The WPD notes that McKoy didn't live in the apartment -- and indeed, he had a restraining order against him that was intended to keep him a considerable distance away from it. As reported by 7News, the document was issued after a domestic violence episode that took place on September 27, several months after McKoy had filed a lawsuit calling for reallocation of parental rights. He was accused of trespassing, telephone harassment, burglary and assault in the incident and soon found himself behind bars. However, he subsequently posted a $20,000 bond and was set free.

The WPD release notes that "an altercation ensued" after Kim saw the armed McKoy. She escaped the situation by running to the home of a neighbor and immediately called the cops. But by the time the officers arrived, both Mia and McKoy were suffering from gunshot wounds. Mia was taken to St. Anthony North Hospital but didn't survive her injuries. McKoy did, but the most recent report we were able to find says he's in critical condition.

The story gets even more chilling after a visit to McKoy's Facebook page, which remains online at this writing under the name Type R Merrick; it's subtitled "(fuc kim)." A mobile post from Monday reads: "I told u I can't live without u lol u thought I was joking now me n Mia out this bitch."

Soon thereafter came this photo:

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Two more mobile posts followed. The first reads, "Ima miss stall lol." The second states, "Don't judge me had no choice."

The Facebook response from McKoy's sister, Veleisha, conveys the shock and anger this horrible act brought while paying tribute to an "angel" taken far before her time.

Continue for more about the murder of Mia McKoy-Phanthavongsa, including photos and video.


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beejay247
beejay247

Hopefully this subhuman piece of excrement wrapped in human skin will live to suffer the consequences of his actions, this is what happens when people bring up their kids to believe that the word "No" does not apply to them. If this a$$hole had heard it enough in childhood he would have understood that "No I don't want to be with you anymore", is not a reason to murder your infant child.If he survives I hope someone takes a pair of shears to his nuts so he can not ever do this to another child of his, an added plus is that it gets him out of the gene pool

Raven Lucas
Raven Lucas

I know it was literally a block away from me.. the street was lined with cops && on my way to work i saw the officers mobbing to that apartment with shot guns && rifles....that's so fucked up. I hope that piece of shit survived so he can go to prison && see what even the worst of us think of a baby murderer. I hope he gets beaten && raped on the daily.. sorry, This really had me upset.

Angel Quintana-Cordova
Angel Quintana-Cordova

Heartbreaking... I just don't understand how someone could be so selfish. What a coward! RIP Mia you sweet little Angelbaby. :'(

Jaci Vezina
Jaci Vezina

Our insured lives next door and a bullet came through the wall and through a boot. So lucky she wasn't hit! Her windshield was also shot out. Just such a sad and senseless event.

Murray Madsen
Murray Madsen

Mia (the baby) was a girl. I can't imagine how she (the mom) is feeling. None of us know what really happened. For all we know Mia was asleep. Maybe it never crossed her mind that a father would kill his own flesh and blood. We can all sit in judgment, but thank your lucky stars you've never had to make a dession under these circumstances.

Jerry DuVall
Jerry DuVall

Wtf is wrong with people the next time you fell like killing an innocent lil boy kill yourself bitch

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Is it me or does the baby have a very concerned look in his face?

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

I blame Merrick's mom... yeah.. you heard it.. how did she manage to raise such a selfish man that he would kill a child to spite the mother? Congratulations, lady, you did a fantastic job... Seems like your daughter has more of a heart than your son...

Jessica Faye Kieft
Jessica Faye Kieft

Really though? What mother runs outta the house to safety and leaves her baby inside with an idiot with a gun? Couldn't have been me. I'd be right there dying with my baby before I'd ever leave her. Sad, sad story.

Bubba Garcia
Bubba Garcia

Selfish fuckin coward! Whatta bitch who kills a baby.. he lucky he killed himself before someone else did sick Bastard!

Elizabeth McClarren Gronewold
Elizabeth McClarren Gronewold

No scrambling, they were on standby. Good luck getting under my skin, I'm DT. For someone who disdains "Lamebook" so much, you sure dedicate an AWFUL LOT of time to it. Get a fucking life, troll.

Billy BlackFeather Drexx
Billy BlackFeather Drexx

awww...too much for ya? Ok, I'll leave ya alone tiger & let u get back to ur westword worship & lego's. If ur good boy we'll let ya stay up late tomorrow watch the newz so u can feel informed for show & tell @ school. Dnt forget ur helmet 4 the bus now lil man. PEACE :-P

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Oh, how cute! A "yo mama" quip. Such a beacon of intellect you are, Billy Boy.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

BTW, I wonder how quickly you had to scramble to dig up these links after my original post?

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

I read this book ages ago. This is pertinent to this case, how exactly? Or are you just desperately trying to portray yourself as "an expert" on a Lamebook thread like many Internet DWEEBS? Me thinks the latter.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

It appears you never even considered the potential costs associated in the form of lawsuits being filed by the surviving family members of this particular individual for "letting nature take its course." Yeah...so much for your "fiscal responsibility."

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

So you're advocating that we should just "let nature take its course" for ANY gun shot victim -- innocent or otherwise -- because it "costs too much?" To hell with due process and the like. We should just resort to perpetual mob mentality because -- after all --, they "deserve" it.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

You're just dumb, plain & simple, Billy Boy.

Stephen Peck
Stephen Peck

How to become famous = be a disgusting psychopath. They deserve no fame. They deserve no print and no publication. Prosecute and be done with this trash.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

You're right. The media shouldn't report on CRIME along with its pertinent back-stories (meaning the motives behind such crime). Instead, let's just all live in complete naivety donning rose-coloured Google glasses and attribute any & all malicious occurrences as "acts of Satan." Silly DWEEB>

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

You act as if someone forced you to view this at gun point.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

99.44% of all stats posted on Lamebook without citation often are pulled out of one's arse. Let's be "honest" here, folks.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Right, a "big kid" that refers to himself as "BlackFeather." Good to know. Mind you, I'd much rather engage in honest discussion with ADULTS, not children -- big or small in stature. Seriously, the only thing big about you is your excessive lard, Billy Boy because, obviously, it isn't your wit nor your level of intellect since you must be that much of n00bie to the Interwebz that you aren't aware of the meaning of the term "moral faggotry." Back to the kiddies' table you go, Billy Boy.

Crimeislinked
Crimeislinked

WOW!!

This crim was inspired by the murder of  litte 5yr old Jude Gomez!!! He copycatted from Shannon Dodson killer of her son Jude Gomez in the Springs. Just over a week ago!!

She posted "Fini" on Facebook just after drowning her son and then burning his body!!

https://www.facebook.com/Shannon.Deyon.Murray?fref=ts

What sickness, you have to draw the connections. 


See here for complete story: http://blogs.westwor­d.com/latestword/201­3/11/child_drowning_­jude_murray_gomez_sh­annon_dodson.php

The judge jann p. dubois. El Paso County Sherriffs delay looking for child because it was "Civil issue" Death preventable.

Nine News report: http://www.9news.com­/rss/story.aspx?stor­yid=364043


Billy BlackFeather Drexx
Billy BlackFeather Drexx

we forgive u Virg...it'll prob help in the future if u are more aware of ur dweeb surroundings & ur own moral faggotry in the future. It would be a big help to us all. Thnk you 4 ur input but the big kids r talking...

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

So, of course, some butthurt Lamebook dweeb HAD to resort to moral faggotry instead of simply acknowledging a media outlet's obligation to publish stories as well as its RELATED content....including photos/videos of the victim and the perpetrator. Clearly, folks like these would rather us literally have our heads in the sand rather than deal with painful reality.

Getthefactsright
Getthefactsright

The picture of the first baby is not Mia. That is a little boy and he posted and took that picture days before he killed his daughter. Just saying, get the facts straight. You can tell that those babies are not the same. 

Elizabeth McClarren Gronewold
Elizabeth McClarren Gronewold

Cost to treat GSW & pursue death penalty allowing 11 years for trial & appeals: $852,860 Cost to treat GSW & pursue life sentence allowing 6mos for trial and 40 years: $3,760,210 Cost to partially treat GSW & let nature take its course at this point: $48,610 Let's be economic, Westminster.

HolyCrappola
HolyCrappola

"Ma'am, we realize this man is stalking you with his fly down, has a hand gun, a criminal record and is threatening to kill you.  I suggest a 'restraining order.'  That'll do the trick.  It tells the guy he can't call you, come close to you or hurt you.  It'll probably piss him off 10 times more than he is already but too bad.  What's he going to do about it?  Huh?  The restraining order forbids him from killing you.  If he kills you or your baby that would be not just murder but also a VIOLATING OF THE RESTRAINING ORDER!!!!  That's REAL TROUBLE!!!

LeAnn Nuss Lovato
LeAnn Nuss Lovato

And so he lives and gets to wake up every morning without his little girl, knowing she'd still be here if not for his childish temper tantrum. I can think of no better punishment than for this asshole to wake up in prison with that thought in his head every single day. What a piece of shit.

Elizabeth McClarren Gronewold
Elizabeth McClarren Gronewold

So let me get this straight; we're wasting thousands upon thousands in what is likely taxpayer-funded medical care, only to waste more money giving him a proper trial, only to waste more money incarcerating him, probably for the rest of his life, assuming he doesn't try to commit suicide again, or on a lengthy capital punishment appeals case, SOLELY so WE can have the privilege of depriving him of what he wanted on his terms, or giving it to him anyway on our terms? How is this going to bring that little girl back?

Ryan Dearth
Ryan Dearth

Did he allegedly post the photo or allegedly kill his daughter?

Trish Aguirre
Trish Aguirre

That is a beautiful baby, what a horrific thing. Prayers to the family. And ESP the mother.

Chris Vann
Chris Vann

Another case of mental illness taking a young life...

.McShyster.
.McShyster.

@Elizabeth McClarren Gronewold ... you make the Baby Jesus cry.

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