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GoFundMe account created for family of murder victim Tate Buening

Ten-year-old Tate Buening was killed by his father in a murder-suicide.

HARVEST, Ala. — UPDATE: A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Tate Buening. On the GoFundMe page, organizer Kasey Edwards says:

On Aug 6, 2021, Kayla and Ross White suffered an unimaginable loss of their precious son, Tate Buening. Tate was a bubbly boy that loved life and laughing. He never met a stranger, young or old. He was such a joy to watch him as he entertained by acting goofy or dancing. The loss of this shining light leaves a hole in the hearts of all that knew him.

When tragedy strikes, besides food and massive amounts of prayers, we are all left wondering how else we can help the family. I’m setting up this fund to help lessen the burden of navigating this unthinkable journey, and for Tate to continue shining his light. As a community, please consider donating, and showing them all the love that this selfless family deserves. 


From the Madison County Sheriff's Office:

The offender from yesterday’s murder-suicide on Blue Creek Drive in Harvest was Brian Buening, 37 years old, and the victim was Tate Buening, 10 years old. The offender was the father. There are no further details to report at this time.


The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shocking murder-suicide in Harvest. The incident involved a man a 37-year-old man and his ten-year-old son. The child did of a gunshot wound.

Neighbors who have lived in the area for about three years say they didn't even know this happened here and it's a very quiet neighborhood.

"It's just a shock," said Carol Davis.

"This is a nice neighborhood," added her husband, Roger Davis.

The Davises have lived in the Shadowbrook community for about three years. They came here originally from Ohio.

"It just goes to show you, you never know. The world's a lot different than when we grew up."

In a sense, they know what tragedy, close to home, feels like. "We'd had some friends of ours that were murdered," said Roger.

"People usually just wave and say 'hi' and all kinds of stuff. It's a very friendly neighborhood. I'm shocked," said Carol.

"It doesn't matter what your status is, in society or anything. It can happen anywhere," said Roger.

Officials say the call came in when the child's mother requested a welfare check. They believe the murder-suicide was an issue over custody, but the motive, along with many other things, is still under investigation.

If you, or anyone you know is in need of suicide crisis prevention, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)-273-TALK. 

The Madison County Sheriff's Office shared this on their Facebook page:

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