Crime

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

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.

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