Brother & Sister Die Within an Hour of Each Other in Separate, Tragic Incidents

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Talk about a tragedy! On Sunday, 21-year-old Brenda Tucker went into a backroom of the family-owned bar where she worked, pointed a gun at her chest, and pulled the trigger.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced DOA. Her 20-year-old brother Ricky raced to meet her there, and was killed in a car accident on the way -- less than six months after he shot and killed his stepfather in self-defense.

Brenda’s uncle, Eddie Falbo, who was at the bar at the time of the suicide, said that she suffered from depression, and attempts to stop her failed. “She grabbed a gun, and I took it away from her head,” Falbo said. “Others were talking to her. I came out the door and heard, 'pop.' It was terrible. There were about 8 to 10 people in the bar -- everyone heard it.”

Ricky rushed to St. John Hospital to be with his sister, but on the way, his car veered into oncoming traffic and was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban. Police say that the driver of the SUV suffered only minor injuries.

This is the third death for the family in less than six months. Falbo said, “The boy -- the one who just died -- killed his step-dad. They were shooting back and forth, and he killed him in self-defense ... police let him right out of jail, because [his stepfather] was shooting at him.”

He added, “Three people in one family killed in six months ... these kids’ mother is going through hell.”

Oh my gosh, this whole story just sucks. I don’t know all the circumstances surrounding the self-defense shooting, the suicide, or the car accident, but one thing is for sure -- this family has seen its share of grief. It's also a tragic reminder of what a serious disease depression is, and that it should always be treated as such.

Do you or any of your loved ones suffer from depression?

Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.

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