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Young man found dead on farm was planning to propose to girlfriend

A “kind-hearted” young man found dead at a farm outside Melbourne had bought a ring and planned to propose to his girlfriend.

At just 20 years old, Nathan Khoury had so much to live for, but on Thursday his young life was cut short. His body was found at a property in Bulla, near Sunbury, with a large rifle lying just metres away.

Mr Khoury was one of five brothers, and worked at the family funeral parlour as Melbourne’s youngest mortician.

Nathan Khoury's body was found at a farm property in Bulla.
Nathan Khoury’s body was found at a property in Bulla, near Sunbury, with a large rifle lying just metres away. Source: 7 News

His family told 7 News he was kind-hearted and popular, and had recently bought a ring to propose to his girlfriend.

His loved ones say they don’t know what happened, but believe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Your smile lit up the room, you comforted so many families, you gave your all to everyone and did everything you could to make everyone happy,” the family business K&S Funerals wrote on Facebook.

Nathan Khoury planned to propose to his girlfriend.
Nathan Khoury had bought a ring and planned to propose to his girlfriend. Source: 7 News

Thornbury’s our Lady of Lebanon church wrote: “Nathan was a dedicated and supportive member of the parish who would be dearly missed by all.”

On Friday, Police and SES crews searched the property – believed to be the family farm – for a second day.

They combed the long grass for clues and took several items away in evidence bags, but revealed little about the progress of their investigation.

Police and SES crews search the Bulla Khoury farm property.
Police and SES crews search the Bulla property, believed to be the family farm. Source: 7 News

The homicide squad is investigating, but detectives remain tight lipped about the circumstances of Mr Khoury’s death.

Police have now been on scene for more than 24 hours and given the size of the property, it is likely to remain a crime scene for quite some time.

The family funeral business is now facing the harrowing task of burying one of their own.