Memorial Service Announced for Cliff Tucker


A public memorial for former Chapin High School basketball standout Cliff Tucker was announced on Thursday.

The memorial will be held Sunday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Chapin Huskies Gymnasium. Family members of Tucker’s from Maryland are expected to be in attendance. 

Funeral services will be held at a later date in Maryland. 

Tucker, 29, was killed Monday when the van he was a passenger in had a rear tire blowing causing it to roll over on I-10 West near Balmorhea. Andrew Akaji, 29, and his wife, Amanda Akaji, 25, were also killed in the crash.

The group, which included Tucker’s 3-year-old daughter and wife, were traveling back to El Paso from Lackland Air Force Base where they participated in a military basketball tournament as part of the Fort Bliss Knights basketball team. 

Tucker was a standout multi-sport athlete who graduated from Chapin HS in 2007 with several offers to play collegiate sports. He ultimately decided to play for the Maryland Terrapins, where he played for four years.

After leaving Maryland, Tucker returned to El Paso where he joined the UTEP football team for a single season. 

A prayer vigil will held on Friday, June 1 at Chapin for Tucker’s wife Genesis Soto and their daughter, Drianna, who both remain hospitalized with serious injuries. 

The GoFundMe account for all involved in the crash can by found by clicking HERE

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