Madison Co. Sheriff's Office identifies victims of Harvest child murder-suicide

Officials say the offender was the victim's father.

Posted: Aug 7, 2021 12:03 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2021 8:54 PM

The Madison County Sheriff's Office identified the victims of Friday's murder-suicide in Harvest.

Officials identified the offender as 37-year-old Brian Buening and the victim as 10-year-old child was Tate Buening.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is responding to "an active death investigation" on Blue Creek Drive in Harvest.

Officials say Brian was the child's father. 

Tate was a student at Endeavor Elementary School for several years. He had recently been moved to Athens City Schools, but his elementary school says "he will always be an Endeavor Cub."

The school made a post on social media saying, "Tate was a bright light. I have described him as simply sunshine coming down the hallway. Other staff members have stated that he always had a hug for them and was kind to everyone. He always exemplified our Endeavor expectations of being kind, safe, and responsible. Our hearts are borken. Tate had such a bright future and we are saddened that it was taken from him at the age of 10 years old."

A GoFundMe was set up for the family. 

Sheriff Kevin Turner previously said the incident may be about a custody issue. You can read more about it here

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