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POSTED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 4:21pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 8:57am

EL PASO - Tonight the family of a man murdered during a Thanksgiving Day robbery attempt is asking for your help. The man's brother spoke to us on the phone from his home in Oregon. He said the masked killers need to be brought to justice.

51-year old Ralph Edward Tucker looks tough, but he's described as a kind, loving soul. That's why his family says it's hard to believe the way he died. Sheriff's Deputies say Tucker was murdered Thanksgiving Day when he tried to stop two masked gunmen from robbing Sal's Lounge in Far East El Paso. Witnesses told police Tucker lunged at the pair with his bar stool, apparently trying to disarm them.

"Normally he's really gentle. I'm thinking if that actually happened it was either die trying or don't try and die anyways, because he's a real gentle guy," Robert Tucker said about his brother Ralph.

Ralph Tucker lived in Southern California and drove an 18-wheeler for a living, but time on the road didn't keep him from talking to family. Robert said he last spoke to Ralph while he was driving to El Paso.

"He sounded great, he sounded normal, he sounded happy," Tucker said.

Robert never thought the next call from his brother's cell phone would be from police letting them know Tucker was dead. Now Robert and his family are hoping you'll help bring his brother's killers to justice.

"To everybody out there: How would you feel if it was one of your family members? Wouldn't you want help? I do," he said.

Tucker's final journey on the road will be to California. That's where his family says he'll be buried.

Tucker leaves behind one daughter.

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omg..... so heartbreaking... i know the whole family.... they are decent, honest and caring . sending biggest hugs

I knew Ed from usxpress days he was a good guy I was looking for him online lost his number and found this I am sickened Ed was a great guy always wanting the best for everyone he was a round we went to La zoo and hollywood with him and his daughter and he came to alabama and went to mardi gras with us he was a blast and the life of the party We will miss Ed alot and cant stop thinking about him We miss you in alabama Ed

to outlawsr: THANK YOU for taking the time to share your memories and thoughts of my brother Ed. I am his kid sis, Mary in California,

He was always front and center to help those in need. We're going to miss him terribly. He will forever be in our hearts and minds.

GOD BLESS YOU ED! R.I.P.

my heart and condolences go out to the Tucker family.Eddie was a true giant among men he`ll be missed. this was a sensless murder but Eddie did save lives of others in my book he`s a hero It dont make the pain any less for sure..just my thoughts Gary

For this cause there will be no mercy for sinners when they are judged, and the evil-doers will have no place among the upright,
Because the Lord sees the way of the upright, but the end of the sinner is destruction.
Psalm 1:5

Ed tried to save lives!
Ed tried to save a buisness from being robbed!
Ed gave his life to help others!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE help Ed!
call the police if you know any thing.
Infact, Ed did save lives & a business from being robbed.

Ed will always be a hero, so sorry Robert your family is dealing with this.

Hey, I am very sorry about ed, I knew him pretty well we talked all the time he stayed with me and my girl here in alabama a couple times and we met him and p in cali we went to the zoo and we took ed and his daughter with us she was a cute little girl he told me she wasnt really his but loved he like she was his he was a special person we loved ed like family he met all of our family and had alot of fun with us at mardi gras in mobile alabama . I cant belive this happend.

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