TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A Tuscaloosa County community is mourning the loss of Hudson Fife, 11. Fife was killed in a hunting accident over the weekend and was a fifth grader at Englewood Elementary School.
According to family and friends, Fife was quick with a comeback. He always had a smile on his face and a heart for those who didn't fit in.
"If they had special needs, Hudson always wanted to care for them, even if they weren't like us," Sister Erin Kate Fife said, "And even if people made fun of him, he would tell them, 'I'm here for you, we're normal, we can be friends.'"
Every day after school like clockwork, Fife played with his friends in the field behind their house.
"I just love him as a brother. He was everything to me. He was just my best friend," sixth grader Hunter Morgan said.
"It's very sad, he didn't deserve to die. But God wanted him more than us," fifth grader Marcus Grayson said.
The boys said Fife was a leader and an honor roll student. He was always outdoors and hunting was his favorite activity.
"It's easy to blame yourself, but we can't," his sister Emma-Caroline Fife said.
Emma-Caroline said she remembers him waking her up on Christmas morning like it was yesterday.
Since the news broke, both friends and strangers showed support, raising nearly $20,000.
"It's incredible, we didn't ask for it, we didn't need it, but it will definitely help," Fife said, "He never had a bad day, and if he did, you wouldn't know it... he loved to hunt. He just wanted a big buck."
Fife's visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the same church. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Valley View Baptist Church. Click HERE for details.