Family raises money for mom of 10 killed during target practice
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The family of a woman who was killed during a target practice incident in Gaffney is hoping to raise money for her funeral expenses and her eight children.
42-year-old Kesha Tate was in her kitchen when she heard gunshots. She was reportedly looking out of her window when a bullet came through and struck her in her chest.
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Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said, “This is a senseless death that could have been avoided had the gun owner been responsible and chosen a safer place to target practice.”
Family members say Kesha Tate leaves behind ten kids. Her oldest, Molly Montana, 28, will now be the caregiver of her younger siblings. “They’re literally devastated,” Tate’s sister Beverly Vercher said. “Especially the ones that actually saw it. All of ‘em were there but the older ones were actually in the room and saw it.”
Tate’s family is currently trying to raise money for her funeral expenses.
“I had to go pick out a casket and it was hard.” Tate’s mom Beverly Wray said. “I thought she would pick out a casket for me and I had to go pick out one for her. It’s not right, he shot through that door and killed my baby. He killed my baby, now I have to bury her.”
Anyone who would like to donate to their GoFundMe can do so here.
There will be a Hair Loc Fundraiser at Keiayarria’s Kartel on Aug. 30 in Gaffney where clients can come in to get their hair done.
On Sept. 2, Kitty’s Kitchen, located at 1025 North Granard Street in Gaffney will sell plates of food starting at 12 p.m. All proceeds will go to Tate’s expenses and her children.
“We’re hoping that the justice system takes this serious and realizes that he took a mom away from her kids,” Vercher said.
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