Warren Earp: Full name Baxter Warren Earp, Wyatt's youngest brother. Warren was born on March 9, 1855 in Pella, Iowa. Due to his age, Warren didn't participate in most of his older brother's activities. He was still living at home with his parents when the shooting in Tombstone happened. He had been to Tombstone previously in 1880 and 1881 for visits, hence some of the stories about Wyatt in Tombstone include Warren.
When the family moved to California in l864, Warren made the long trek west with his parents and siblings by wagon train. By l868, this itinerant family traveled back to Missouri, and Warren once again made the long trip. Warren did not get mixed up with his older brother's perils such as law enforcement, stagecoach driving, or operating gambling saloons. He seemed to stick closer to his parents, helping on the family farm or in their grocery store. In l877, he once again moved back to California with the family. And now at 23, he decided to join his older brothers for some adventuring in Tombstone. Warren liked to carry guns, and tried to emulate his big brothers who found odd jobs for him. He seems to have moved back and forth more than once between his brothers in Arizona, and his parents in California.
After hearing the news of the gunfight, he returned to Tombstone to lend a hand to Wyatt; as both Virgil and Morgan were seriously wounded during the shoot-out. He served a short stint as a "policeman," patrolling the streets of Tombstone against looters after the June 22, l88l fire that roared through town.
After the ambush of Virgil and the murder of Morgan, Warren joined Wyatt in what became known as the Earp's "bloody ride of vengeance." During the subsequent hunting and killing of Earp enemies who had wounded Virgil and murdered Morgan, a number of desperadoes met their Maker at the hands of the Earp band consisting of Wyatt, Warren, Doc Holliday and several others who had been loyal to the Earps in Tombstone. After settling the score in March of l882, Warren rode with Wyatt and Doc Holliday as the Earp party fled Arizona. Chased by various old political enemies, the Earps made their escape and got away to Colorado where they disbanded.
On the night of July 5, l900 he rode into Willcox where he made his entrance at the Headquarters Saloon. He was followed shortly thereafter by a cowboy named John Boyett. Boyett was another employee of Colonel Hooker, and he detested Warren Earp. It was thought Earp and Boyett had some long-running feud between them.
Both were fairly drunk by 1:30 a.m., the morning of July 6, 1900. An argument broke out between the two men. Boyett ran next door to the Willcox House Saloon where he got two pistols (his own, apparently checked in at that drinking establishment earlier in the evening) and returned to the Headquarters Saloon, gunning for Warren. Meanwhile, Warren Earp walked outside, but came back indoors to foolishly face Boyett. By now, Boyett allegedly had taken a couple potshots at Earp who continued to advance on Boyett; Earp was not carrying a gun. Finally, one of Boyett's shots turned out to be fatal.
Those first arriving on the scene (including Willcox newspaperman C. O. Anderson) reported finding a small pocket knife in Warren Earp's hand. Anderson himself suspected the knife "may have been placed there after death," since Earp's hand was not gripping the knife as if he had been holding it when he died. This matter has never been settled. Boyett was arrested right away and autopsy was performed on the remains of Warren Earp. The inquest took place a few hours later and Earp was buried that afternoon. Boyett was let go that same day after the Willcox Judge Nichols deemed the unfortunate incident as "self-defense." The coroner's inquest stated that "The bullet having entered two inches below the collar bone and an inch and a half left of the heart the bullet had passed through the heart."