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Owen Propes

Age 3

Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Rosy cheeks, blue eyes. Only 3.

In a July 2017 photo, he gives the camera a sideways glance, chubby fingers busy shoveling food into his mouth. He’s a toddler — rosy cheeks, unruly blond hair and bright blue eyes.

He and his father lived on a mountain near Tesuque, New Mexico. “They lived a very outdoorsy kind of life,” his grandfather said, calling him “an extremely active child.”

Santa Fe sheriff’s deputies found Owen Propes, 3, on Jan. 17, 2019, at home with his father, who had missed a custody hearing that morning. Deputies said Owen’s father shot and killed Owen, himself and their dog that afternoon.

By Allie Kelly · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 infants and toddlers

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Damion Little Jr.

By his mother’s side until death

Ke'Anthony Terez Jelks Jr.

He was well beyond his years

David Jermaine Hall

Empty seat in his mother’s car

Jason Garcia Perez

Three months from his first birthday


Ears ringing. Loud noise. Third accident.


The pistol was on the counter

Nyla Jones

Shot by accident, while with family

Paxton Reece Edwards

It seemed like a happy home

Kayleen Lor

She just wanted to help people

Aiden Martin

Cinnamon twists. Play-Doh. Accident. Bloody refrigerator.

Julien Gonzalez

The youngest infant at his daycare

Messiah Murphy

A wrong turn, a grandson gone

Kyrie L. Johnson

He was only 17 months old

Livia Robinson

Sweet Livia’s smile ended while sleeping

Mikayla Alina Walker

Champion won’t lift yellow sword again

Montreal Dunn

Picket fence couldn’t keep him safe

Malachi La'Velle Michael Barnes

His mom had birthday invitations ready

Moises Ramon Montano

He was resting in Mom’s arms

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid