A selfie of a beautiful 19-month-old girl and her doting father on Facebook is normally cause for many "likes," but in the case of little Mia McKoy-Phanthavongsa, it was, tragically, a trophy her father uploaded right before allegedly killing her. Colorado police say that Merrick McKoy uploaded a pic of himself and the curly haired tot right before gunning her down. He then took to the social networking site to "explain" himself, blaming the girl's mother for breaking up with him.
Right before he allegedly shot his daughter to death, the 22-year-old man, who went by "Type R Merrick" on Facebook, posted a photo of himself with his toddler. Little did she know her father was about to reportedly snuff out her life.
He then posted, "I told u I can't live without u lol u thought I was joking now me n Mia out this bitch" and "Ima miss stall lol" and "Don't judge me had no choice" before reportedly trying to commit suicide. He is in the hospital and his condition is unclear.
His friends and family were understandably devastated and shocked by this horrific turn of events and expressed their dismay on his wall, asking if there was more they could have done and wishing he hadn't killed Mia.
I will never understand what causes someone to take the life of a child -- the person who looks you full in the eyes every day with nothing but utter devotion, trust, and love. It's unfathomable.
I certainly do not understand killing your child to get revenge on your ex. And yet we see this story all too often.
And least of all I don't think I will ever understand posting this on Facebook -- even "lol"ing about it. Could he have had any reason? Did he just want attention? Maybe a last-ditch attempt to hope someone would stop him? What?
Merrick was obviously in a huge amount of pain but nothing excuses taking the life of your child. And posting a pic of her moments before, looking so innocent and so happy to be with you. Unimaginably horrible.
If you are remotely thinking of taking your own life, please get help. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).
Why do you think people post their crimes on Facebook?
Image via Type R Merrick/Facebook