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Brother, Sister Found Shot To Death In Butler

There are 53 comments on the Fox4KC story from Jan 1, 2010, titled Brother, Sister Found Shot To Death In Butler. In it, Fox4KC reports that:

A brother and sister were both found shot to death in Butler on New Year's Day, and the suspect was found dead in his father's backyard.

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Atlantic, IA

#21 Jan 1, 2010
I live in Butler and this horrible tragedy has been on everyone's minds all day. I've known Tonya for about 20 years and her and Carl are my son's 4th cousins. It's such a shock to everyone here that this happened. The youngest daughter is staying with family and the 8 yr old daughter who was injured is doing well in Children's Mercy. Please continue to pray for all the families involved.
laci s

Tulsa, OK

#22 Jan 1, 2010
RIP Carl..I love you and will miss you..I will always treasure all the time we spent together growing up..this is messed prayers and thoughts go out to their mother Carla and all the rest of their family..I am so sorry this has is very tragic and it has happened way too close to home..

Olathe, KS

#23 Jan 2, 2010
It seems that carma served such a hard wrath,may they rest in peace.The children lost the most important person of there lives.

Kansas City, MO

#24 Jan 2, 2010
tonya and carl had the best role model growing up and later in their lives it showed with how respectfull and kind they were. carl i will never forget the memories we had on the football feild my senior year. love ya kid. ill see ya later bud.
Someone from outside

Clinton, MO

#25 Jan 2, 2010
I did not know this family, however my husband grew up with Tonya and Carl. He is shocked that this has happened. I just wanted to say that we are thinking of them and are praying for their family and friends.
Chanstin Besendorfer

Springfield, MO

#26 Jan 2, 2010
Tonya and Carl I've known you guys since i was in diapers. You guys where 2 amazing cousins and you can never be forgotten or replaced. You will be missed dearly. RIP Tonya and Carl. I love you guys.
Jasmine Myers Jacobs

Pineville, MO

#27 Jan 2, 2010
Carl and Tonya will be truly missed. Even if there was any kind of disagreement going on that night no one deserved to be shot or a child injured. I grew up with Carl,Tonya,and Carla my whole life and they were great people. Carl could make u laugh even if u were mad,sad,whatever.He was also on the football team along with my brother and many other friends.I have so many great memories of both of them. Tonya was a great mother and friend. I luv u guys and i know your doin great up there for the girls. They couldnt have any better guardian angels than what god has given them.

Harrisonville, MO

#28 Jan 2, 2010
Condolences to all suffering with this tragedy. Are there any ideas as to the motive?

To those in Butler, work to keep the heart and soul of this town alive.
Megan Smith

Flat Rock, IL

#29 Jan 2, 2010
Butler MO wrote:
Her real name was Latonya cooper Smith she is married to my Brother. My Brother's name Austin Smith. He is shaving 5 years. He is so still trying to make since of all this. But feel helpless. My prayers go to the kids and to both familys in this sad new year.
I am with the brother of Latonya Smith, Christopher Besendorfer. I loved Carl as my brother, and Latonya as my sister. I will truly miss you guys and will be at the funeral with the family. Life won't be the same without you to

Prairie Village, KS

#30 Jan 2, 2010
Throwemout wrote:
Did the three people involved all grow up in Butler?
They've all pretty much been there since their teen years. Cept for Tonya who was a little bit older. I met Carl there when he was 16.

De Soto, KS

#31 Jan 2, 2010
rip carl and tonya my heart goes out to all family and friends. i grew up in butler with them and i know they will be missed greatly.
kaleb b

Red Oak, IA

#32 Jan 2, 2010
wow i live right near that house scary thought.... when i heard about it i thought my grandma died since the person that told me; it was around my house but lets all pray for them i knew them they were nice.
David Mckinney

Clinton, MO

#33 Jan 3, 2010
carl and tonya, lots of good memories in high school rest in peace and will always love you guys praying night and day for tonyas children and there parents

Winigan, MO

#35 Jan 3, 2010
Dwight wrote:
<quoted text> YEAH that is right
i guess drugs,alcohol,sex and shotguns just do not mix,do they dwight? especially with poor old inocent austin locked up by the evil and corupt criminal justice system, right dwight?
Rose Burton

United States

#36 Jan 3, 2010
These were my cousins. Please continue the prayers for my family and especially their mother Carla. I still can't believe what has happened...I know they're in Heaven looking down on us.
Liz C

Warrensburg, MO

#37 Jan 4, 2010
You all need to get over the incident from the past. There are two little girls that now have to grow up without a mother and one that will forever have memories of being shot. Grow up and have a little compassion for the family members that are reading these comments. As for the family, I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. I pray that the girls will be able to heal from the emotional wounds as well as the physical. God bless.

Shawnee, KS

#38 Jan 4, 2010
dallas wrote:
Prayers go out to the familiy, May Go bless u at this horrible time
Going miss that wit and that kids smile...thinking of you all
Anthony Johnson Sr

Kansas City, MO

#39 Jan 5, 2010
I would like to attend the funeral have they made arrangments and if so where? Please post. My prayers are with the family.

Shawnee, KS

#40 Jan 5, 2010
Anthony Johnson Sr wrote:
I would like to attend the funeral have they made arrangments and if so where? Please post. My prayers are with the family.
R girl

Burlington, IA

#41 Jan 5, 2010
I went to school with Carl, who was the one that shot them? was he from butler too? and ppl are sayin that the lil girl that was hurt has died too, is that true?......... my thoughts and prays go out to the familys

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