HARVEST, Ala. — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has released the identities of a man and his 10-year-old child who died in an apparent murder-suicide on Friday.
The offender and father, Brian Buening, 37, and the victim, Tate Buening, 10, were identified as the deceased by MCSO on Saturday morning.
Investigators believe this was a murder-suicide, and the father was the offender.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Tate’s family to help alleviate costs, if you would like to donate visit the website here.
Deputies were called to a home on Blue Creek Drive at 10:33 a.m. Friday. Sheriff Kevin Turner confirmed that a 37-year-old man and his 10-year old son were found dead in the home in an apparent murder-suicide.
Officials say a family member called the sheriff’s office for a welfare check because of an ongoing custody dispute.
“Those are not uncommon, we get those periodically, but today was a little different. Our deputies responded and unfortunately found two bodies inside a home,” says Brent Patterson with the Madison County Sheriff’s office.
Brent Patterson says any time a child is involved in a crime scene like this is takes a toll on the community.
“It’s bad for everyone… it’s bad for anyone around who has kids and who has families,” Patterson said.
Patterson said the Sheriff’s Office’s thoughts and prayers are with those who will be missing the 10-year-old boy.
“He’s got friends, he’s got teachers and administrators in the school system that is going to be missing a child this year… It’s tough… It’s tough,” Patterson said.