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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Nelli... NellieAthome

How incredibly tacky to end this tragic story with the question "Do you believe that tragedy strikes in threes?"

For shame!

Jill King

Yes, definitely could have omitted the last line.


adamat34 adamat34


Thats how.we.are ending this article?

Shame on you stir. this mother. Let her find some.peace with you.

nonmember avatar randi

What an awful last sentence to end this tragic story. So sad - on both counts.

bolto... boltofblue

Wow, can this blogger do anything right by you people? Every single word she writes as of late has been picked apart and criticized. Whose Cheerios did she pee in? Lay off people.

Fondue Fondue

Bolt, it's not like they were critiquing her hair color or even her political views, she had originally written something very flippant and insensitive.  And yes, she needed to be called out for it.

Tuana Bentley

I have had 3 deaths in my family in the last year, my uncle died from complications of a stroke and diabetes, then his son passsed away from a stroke and then my uncles daughter died a little over a week ago of Cancer. She only found out she had cancer a few months ago and it had progressed so bad that the Doctors quit treating her. I don't know how my aunt is holding up as well as she is she lost her husband her son and her daughter within a year. So yes we know how it feels we have went through the same thing lately.


Renah Renah

My sister has tried to take her life about 3 times. She is doing better now that she was finally diagnosed with BPD. I pray for her everyday, I can't imagine my life without her!!!

Linda Barnes

Yes depression is really bad


Trini... Trinity0820

Actually yes tragedies come in three. The power of three is not meant for witches but life. Now, I'm wondering if their wasn't something deeper than people realize. These probably aren't coincidences. Dear lord when won't people realize its not just us on earth.

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