Tuesday marks one year since Clemson University Student, Tucker Hipps, died during a run with his fraternity.
Hipps’ family and friends will gather to remember his life at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Clemson.
7 On Your Side’s Amy Wood spoke with Tucker’s father, Gary Hipps, about the anniversary of his son’s death.
Tucker left this world with a good name and we raised him to respect that there is nothing in this world more important than a good name. When people hear the name Tucker Hipps, those that knew him well know that his name represents a life characterized by joy and a zest for life. Those that barely knew him often called him their best friend. He was friendly and a friend, and he knew that friendship was one of the greatest pleasures in life. As we’ve said before, Tucker really never met a stranger. He was happy and knew from where his blessings came. He knew that God was blessing him and he spent his life spreading this blessing to others,” Gary Hipps says.
We hope that in the near future people will be able to remember Tucker from the purity of their unblemished memories of him without the necessity of connecting their thoughts of him to his tragic death. This is the hope we have as well.”
Back in August, an unnamed witness came forward saying Hipps was told to walk on the narrow railing of the bridge when he slipped and fell and didn’t get any help form anyone in the fraternity.
The solicitor came back later and said that the witness was not credible and there’s still a lawsuit pending from the family. Garry adds,
We are resolved that eventually the truth of the tragic circumstances leading to Tucker’s death will be revealed. His death has opened many eyes to the possible dangers that seem to be inherent in pledging fraternities. We hope that more parents will insist that our universities make the safety of our students their highest priority. As I have said before, college should be one of the greatest experiences of our children’s life … not the last.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released this statement Tuesday.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous media inquiries concerning the one year anniversary of the death of Tucker Hipps. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office continue to follow up on any new leads obtained through Crime Stoppers or through direct contact with our unsolved case investigator. Additionally, SLED along with our Solicitor’s Office remain involved in the investigation.”
“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office has no new information to report concerning our investigation other that what we have released in the last year. Our focus and our efforts continue working toward a resolution in this case in order to be able to sit down with the Hipps family and explain the circumstances of Tucker’s death.”
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Hipps family during this difficult time.”
“The Sheriff’s Office continues to ask that if anyone has any information on this case that if they desire to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Or, individuals can contact our Unsolved Case Investigator, Dean Brown, at 864-718-1052.”