Brother Dies Hour After Sister Commits Suicide

And double tragedy isn't the only thing the family has suffered recently

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 28, 2013 1:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – One family, many tragedies: Ricky and Brenda Tucker were together at the Detroit bar where Brenda worked early Sunday when Brenda, 21, went into a back room and shot herself in the chest. She was loaded into an ambulance, and her 20-year-old brother sped behind. En route to the hospital, his car is believed to have strayed across the center line, and he crashed into an SUV. Both siblings ended up at the same hospital, where they were pronounced dead, the Detroit Free Press reports. (The other driver suffered minor injuries.)

Brenda had suffered from depression, but sister Amandajo Holman says she doesn't know why her sister decided to kill herself. "She was going to college to become something," Holman says. "She was going to be a social worker." It's just the latest tragedy to befall the family. Holman, 24, also recently lost her father, father-in-law, and her mother's longtime boyfriend. The Detroit News says Ricky Tucker actually killed his stepfather (it's unclear which of the men cited in the Free Press article that is) in self-defense about six months ago. "They were shooting back and forth," says his uncle.

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