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Chapin High School to retire jersey of late athlete Cliff Tucker

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Former Chapin High School athlete Cliff Tucker was a star, from the field to the court. 

As KTSM previously reported, Tucker, 29, was killed in a rollover crash on I-10 near Balmorhea in May. Two others were also pronounced dead at the scene.

Although Tucker's life was taken much too soon, his memory continues to live on -- Chapin honored him Thursday night during its homecoming festivities, and will retire his No. 6 jersey later this year.

"The homecoming season was something he really looked forward to... It's just hard seeing pieces of him, his family and former teammates of his here," David Moore, one of Tucker's former teammates, told KTSM. "With him not being here, it's still very tough."

As a senior in 2006-2007, Tucker recorded 19 touchdown passes for the Huskies football team. Later that winter, he averaged 21.4 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game for the school's basketball team.

Friends and family gathered at Chapin in June to remember Tucker's life.

"(Cliff) was a pass first kind of player, which means he makes everyone around him better," said Former Chapin Coach Tom Shukitt.  "He was just a special person."


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