POSTED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 12:08am
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.