Cindy Hipps speaks with our own Amy Wood about the anniversary of her son’s death.
Amy Wood: One year later, how do you feel Tucker’s legacy has impacted the community?
Cindy Hipps: 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.
Amy Wood: What do you hope people will continue to remember about your son?
Cindy Hipps: 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.
Amy Wood: What message do you hope to keep alive about the case?
Cynthia Hipps: 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.
Tucker Hipps’s parents, Cindy and Gary Hipps released the following statement on the anniversary of their son’s death:
Late in the afternoon of September 22, 2014, our family received a phone call that would forever change our lives. Our only son, Tucker, had been found in the waters of Lake Hartwell, having mysteriously fallen from the bridge above during a mandatory pledge run at 5:30 that morning. We have spent the last year reeling, trying to understand that which can never be understood. Questions remain unanswered, yet there is still great hope that the truth will be revealed. The community has reached its arms out to embrace us and for that, we are most grateful. We would like to thank the people of this community for their unwavering support over the last year and for cherishing Tucker’s memory.
On this most difficult day, we humbly ask that anyone who knows anything about the circumstances of September 22, 2014, or Tucker’s death, to please contact law enforcement. In our hearts we believe that there are people in this community who either saw the boys running or on the bridge, or learned something later which may help law enforcement.
Any information is helpful, and it is never too late to aid in the investigation. Please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text your tip to 274637. Crime Stoppers of Oconee County is offering a reward of more than $20,000 for information which leads law enforcement to solving the ongoing investigation surrounding Tucker’s death.
Cynthia and Gary Hipps