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3 Killed In Separate Incidents On Waterways

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Three men have died in separate incidents on Tennessee waterways over the Labor Day weekend.

Media report two men from Middle Tennessee drowned Monday in separate incidents, just a day after another man died in a boating accident.

Authorities said 22-year-old Abdulah Amsabil of Nashville died while swimming at Burgess Falls State Park. Police said he went under while swimming with family members and never resurfaced. Divers recovered his body later that day.

A few hours later, 18-year-old Smyrna High School senior Matthew Grissom drowned while swimming near Walter Hill Dam in Rutherford County.

Early Monday, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials recovered the body of 39-year-old Harvie C. Butler of La Vergne from the waters of J. Percy Priest Lake. He died Sunday after a boating accident.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials are looking into whether the conditions on Sunday may have played a role in the death of Butler, who was thrown from a boat after a collision.

As friends and family still await information on what happened, Butler's colleagues at the Keller Williams real estate office in Murfreesboro are finding ways to remember a man they say will never be forgotten.

"Whether it was for a charity or philanthropy, or there was a need in the office, Harvie was the first one to jump on top of it," said Courtney Yates, a colleague. "He's going to be incredibly missed, and as we were just talking about, we can't fill his shoes."

Butler had been awarded the company's cultural icon award for his dedication to serving others. His office has renamed the award the Harvie Butler Cultural Icon Award.

"We're just trying to show everybody what Harvey meant to us," said Terry Tatum, Butler's Team Leader at Keller Williams. "When the heart's ripped out of you, you want to do something to let people know that you're hurting and share that with the world, that's the least we can do, we can't get anywhere close to what Harvie means to us."

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, but colleagues said they have a plan in place to try and help Butler's wife with the costs.

As for the others injured in the boating accident, TWRA officials said Angel Mendez of Nashville, who was the most severely injured, has been released from the hospital. 38-year-old Jason Anderson of La Vergne was also released from the hospital after suffering several injuries. 27-year-old Dexter Bertram of Hermitage and McKenna Brown from Nashville were involved in the boating accident, but were not hospitalized.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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